Newly appointed Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, has said Nigeria has no justification for tolerating the growing population of out-of-school children, promising that UBEC will ensure that such is no longer the case.
In his address yesterday to officially welcome Chairmen of States’ Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, who were in Abuja for a maiden interactive session with him, Bobboyi reminded the Chairmen of the serious issues and challenges of the enormous number of out-of-school children subsisting in the country.
The new UBEC boss commended all the previous efforts so far to reposition basic education and extolled the virtues of past leaders who have made enormous sacrifices in sustaining the implementation of basic education in the country.
“We must all wake up to address the challenge of out-of –school children and ensure that we provide all basic educational opportunities available to Nigeria to build a secure life and a secure future.
“I must state that the pivot that provides the basis for stability and progress in the basic education sub-sector, hinges on the dynamic and forwarding looking co-operation and understanding between the Universal Basic Education Commission and State Universal Basic Education Board and Federal Capital Territory UBEB.
“Managers of all basic education institutions in the country, at all levels, must strive to function as purposeful and unified, to implement lofty policies of government, overcome the daunting challenges facing basic education implementation and to move the entire sector to greater heights”, Bobboyi emphasised.
He also threw up the question of qualification of teachers, emphasising that teachers’ training and professional development must be seen as key to quality basic education in the country.
According to him, there is the need to redouble efforts to ensure that teachers are well prepared and fully endowed to discharge their responsibilities.
“The quality of any educational system cannot, as the saying goes, rise beyond the quality of its teachers. UBEC has taken this seriously over the years”, he said.

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