Zulum directs secretary to review Borno UBE law
By Tada JUTHA, Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has directed the secretary of government to review the law establishing the State’s Universal Basic Education Commission (SUBEC).
The review, according to him, was to overcome some of the challenges in the education sector.
He gave the directive on Tuesday in Maiduguri, at a three-day Conference for Principals of Government Secondary Schools at Technical Secondary School, Njimtilo.
He also lamented the falling education standards and discipline in over 185 secondary schools in the state.
On educational challenges with the theme: “Revamping Public Secondary Schools by Addressing Emerging Challenges,” Zulum said: “Hence forth; I’ve directed the Commissioner of Education, Engr. Lawan Wakilbe, the Primary Education and Teaching Service Boards (TSB) to work in synergy.
He attributed the underdevelopment of education in the state to lack of synergy among the two boards and the Ministry of Education (MoE).
“The review of SUBEC law was to give more powers to the MoE,” he said, stating that the transition from primary to junior secondary is very important.
He assured the principals that the state government will prioritize the procurement of science equipment, including various incentives for teachers.
According to him, more staff quarters are to be built to improve teachers’ welfare to raise standards and efficiency in the education sector.
“There should be more emphasis on monitoring and evaluation than building more schools to overcome the educational challenges,” he said.
Wakilbe disclosed that the emerging issues and challenges in sector; border on the lack of learning centres, examination malpractices, nonchalant attitude towards work, poor feeding programmes and infrastructural deficits.
While commending the Governor for the completion of 16 mega schools, building and rehabilitation of 432 classrooms in 48 schools, 39 news schools.
He added that the State Government has also constructed 242 VIP toilets to improve personal hygiene among teachers and students.
He noted that despite the achievements in the education sector, the existing and new schools are facing infrastructural problems of inadequate supply of electricity and water in schools.
“There are structural damages in some of our schools, including uncompleted structures and dilapidated ones,” he said.
He said that the conference will submit its recommendations to government for solutions on the challenges in the sector.
The Chairman of TSB, Dr. Suleima Bello disclosed that the destruction of schools during the 12-year Boko Haram insurgency has a devastating effects on the psyche of teachers, as well as students.
According to him, this resulted to the behavioral; as well as attitudinal misinforms comprising aggressiveness, indiscipline, absenteeism and nonchalant attitude to work.
He added that 800 science teachers were employed with the enrolment of 1.3 million children in the last two years.