By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Universal Basic Education Commission, (UBEC), said it has set up Quality Assurance Committee to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the basic education sector.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, disclosed on Wednesday in Kaduna, at the opening of a two-day meeting to improve the quality of teaching, learning and infrastructure in basic schools.
At the meeting were directors of quality assurance from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, UBEC zonal headquarters, state coordinators, and quality assurance committee members.
Bobboyi, represented by Dr Yahaya Gambo, Deputy Executive Secretary, Services, UBEC, said that the committee was chaired by Prof. Charles Onocha, a one-time Acting Executive Secretary of the commission.
He said that the committee was already working hard to develop a framework for quality assurance activities that would ensure the needed quality in basic education sector.
The executive secretary said that the meeting provides opportunity for participants to have a proper understanding of the framework being develop.
Bobboyi said that 2.0 per cent of Universal Basic Education (UBE) fund has been allocated for quality assurance activities, adding that participant would also discuss on effective way to utilize the fund.
According to him, the development of any nation is linked to the quality of education provided for its citizens over time.
“UBEC is not only poised to ensure the success of the UBE programme implementation, but also review processes involved in getting qualitative products.
“The need to regularly review and upgrade all areas of our operations is pertinent, if we must achieve good result and we are here to deliberate on how best to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our schools.
The UBEC boss said that the commission would not rest on its oars until quality is attained in the system.
He said that re-introduction of continuous quality assurance activities in basic schools would bring about improvement in learners’ achievements and effective school management system.
Also speaking, Malam Mansir Idris, Director of Quality Assurance UBEC, said that the meeting was organised to discuss issues regarding effective delivery of basic education.
Idris explained that the participants were expected to make inputs where necessary for effective utilisation of the quality assurance fund and draw action plan templates for the exercise.
According to him, quality assurance is a key instrument in improving all aspect of educational quality and learning outcomes for acceptable standard.
Malam Nasiru Umar, Executive Chairman, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, noted that effective quality assurance activities in schools was needed to enhance standard in basic education.
Umar, represented by the board’s Director of Administration and Finance, Malam Yakubu Rabiu, said that the state government has established Quality Assurance Authority with a key mandate of ensuring quality in the education sector.
He thanked UBEC for supporting Kaduna state in improving school infrastructure and teacher quality to improve learning outcomes in basic schools.