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UBEC commends FCTA on basic education development
Says FCT up to date in accessing funds

24th Aug, 2020 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commended Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for its efforts in development of basic education in the Territory. The commendation was made by Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, when he led a delegation of top management staff of the Commission on a courtesy visit to FCTA last week.

The UBEC boss who was received by FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello in his office, congratulated the Minister for achievements in the basic education sector. Dr. Boboyyi said: "We want to extend our congratulation to you for superintending over a basic education sector that is performing very well here in the FCT. We have been visiting some of the schools, we have been looking at a lot of issues that take place within the FCT because the Commission itself is located within the FCT and its staff are also of course within the city."

He also commended FCTA for having one of the highest numbers of qualified teachers in the country, saying "one of the challenges that we have in the country has been the area of qualified teachers. Looking at what is available in other parts of the country, we are very much encouraged looking at the picture here in the FCT. Despite the challenges, the FCT is deemed to have one of the highest qualified teacher numbers in the country.''

He added: "Others have unqualified ratios that are very appalling. In primary schools, again FCT qualified teachers are much higher, well above 86 per cent, while at Junior Secondary School, you have up to about 88 per cent to almost 90 per cent. ''So, it's a trend that we encourage for the simple fact that without qualified teachers, it's very difficult to establish a qualitative educational system in the country.'' He also commended FCTA for accessing its UBEC funds up to 2019, saying many other states were still struggling just as FCTA has utilized the resources judiciously with the provision of infrastructure.

On the problem of out-of-school children, the UBEC Executive Secretary also said that the efforts of FCTA in this regard have substantially reduced the number of out-of-school children in the Territory. He also called for the support of FCTA in establishment of a Digital Resource Center in FCT, saying it became imperative with the COVID-19 pandemic where students had to take online classes.

In his response, the Minister thanked Dr. Bobboyi for the commendation and said the development of education remains a priority for FCTA. Speaking on establishment of the Digital Resource Center, Malam Bello pledged FCTA's support, saying that it would be very difficult for agencies such as UBEC to function efficiently without leveraging technology.

Also at the meeting were the Deputy Executive Secretary (Services) of UBEC, Executive Secretary (Technical) Dr. Bala Zakari, Permanent Secretary, FCT, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, Chief of Staff to FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, Acting Secretary for Education, FCTA, Alhaji Umaru Marafa, Executive Chairman, FCT UBEB, Dr. Kabir Matazu, and others.

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