Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
Yobe State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says it has prepared a pioneer Strategic Plan to improve quality at basic and post basic level of education in the state.
Prof. Musa Alabi, Executive Secretary of the Board, told newsmen in Damaturu that there was no strategic plan guiding its operations since inception in the state.
Alabi said the maiden strategic plan was initiated under the administration of Gov. Mai Mala Buni.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to inform the public that we have already commenced and about to complete our strategic plan to improve primary and junior secondary education in the state.
“This is the first time that the Board is coming up with a strategic plan which will be launch soon.
“The strategic plan is for us to chat our own course”.
Alabi noted that it was part of new strategic plan to recruit enough and qualified teachers into the system to fill the existing gaps and replace the unqualified ones.
“We have plans to redeploy unqualified teachers to other sections of the civil service and recruit new and qualified ones to fill in those positions.
“Unless we do that there is no way we can have a system running the way we want it.
“We will surely do the recruitment and we hope that will be the turning point,” he said.
Abali disclosed that the Board would construct mega schools in various local government areas in addition to the existing model schools in the state.
He said that the mega schools would be established at Potiskum, Nguru, Damaturu, Gashua and Buni Yadi, among others.
The chairman explained that the mega schools were designed with bigger size and capacity to change the face of education in the state.
“We hope before the lifespan of this administration to have three to four of these mega schools in each local government area, to solve the problem of congestion in schools”.
Alabi revealed that various school development projects were so far executed under Universal Basic Education (UBE) interventions such as construction over 200 classroom blocks, 42 offices and stores as well as 33 x 2 bed rooms and 75 x 3 bed rooms staff quarters.
He lsited other projects to include construction of fencing and barb wiring in 13 schools; provision of 17 boreholes, procurement of 14, 317 classroom furniture and 619 units of teachers’ furniture, among others.