By Maryam Garba Hassan
Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC had concluded arrangements to hold the 5th edition of the National Assessment of Learning Achievements in basic education on Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 of November, 2017.
Briefing news men in Abuja yesterday, the Executive Secretary of the Commission Dr. Hamid Bobboye said the exercise is crucial to the implementation of basic education programme as it exposes learners performance in curricular delivery and impact of intervening variables.
He said the objectives of the assessment is to use qualitative and quantitative methods to assess and determine the efficiency and quality of performance of primary and junior secondary school pupils and students in the country, to enable the tracking of standards of education at the basic level.
Other objectives include to collect data on achievement of learners in four core subjects, English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science and Technology and Social Studies and to determine the normative indices in the core subjects for these class levels, evaluate internal efficiency of primary and junior secondary schools among others.
He said the target population for the exercise consists of all public and private primary and junior schools in the 36 states of the country and the FCT.
He said 1,080 primary and 432 junior secondary schools constitute the school sample.
He said 1, 512 field officers will be involved in the test administration, comprising of UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Boards staff and Youth Corp Members sourced from the sampled local government areas.
He said the commission is organising the exercise with the cooperation of states and SUBEBs.
On the quality of teachers and the recent happening in Kaduna state, Bobboye said if basic education sector is not well taken care of there will be serious problem.
He about 60 per cent of teachers in Nigeria are not qualified adding that one of the ways to address the issue is to motivate teachers.
“It pains us when we hear states not paying teachers’ salaries for months and paying them as less as N 12,000 per month.