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Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014

FCT UBEB debunks allegation of non-provision of school materials

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Authorities of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) has refuted claims by some education stakeholders that there was no sustainable supply of instructional materials to schools even after the items were captured in recent budgets.

Head, Public Relations Unit, UBEB, Mr. Mohammed Lawal, who dismissed the claim as false, while speaking News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the matter, said that the Board does not abandoned its task of supplying materials, including books, to schools under its jurisdiction.

According to him, the materials were always delivered to schools as at when due, stressing that UBEB is a responsible organ that has driven education attainment in the FCT to all-time excellence.

Recall stakeholders in the education sector had urged UBEB to provide improved and sustainable instructional materials to primary and junior secondary schools in Abuja.

Some of the stakeholders, in separate their interviews with NAN, recently, decried the dearth of books in schools.

NAN recalls that the Federal Government recently approved the sum of N8.7 billion for printing and distribution of textbooks for primary and junior secondary schools across the country.

On its part, the FCT Administration said it distributed more than 1.3 million pupil’s textbooks and instructional materials to basic education schools in 2013.

A parent, John Ojogwu, told NAN that those that introduced the policy of free basic education meant well, but it appears that it was been sabotaged.

Ojogwu therefore called on the relevant authorities to find out why the supply of instructional materials already budgeted for had not been forthcoming.


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