By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has advised Bauchi State government to concentrate on the provision of furniture in next year’s action plan to address the challenges of students sitting on bare floor.
The Northeast Zonal Director of the Commission Alhaji Abdullahi Jarma gave the advice during a one day inspection of schools resumption for the second term academic activities in Bauchi metropolis.
Alhaji Abdullahi Jarma who said the number of schools without pupils desks is alarming, called for the re-strategizing of educational needs in the state to conform with pupils requirement of a conducive learning environment.
“Most of the classes we move around don’t have furniture, so I will advise the state government during the preparation of their action plans, let them change the method or pattern of construction and renovating more classes, is rather we concentrate on furniture so for the coming year counterpart funding we are pleading with the State Government to allow their action plan to concentrate on furnishing those classes because its not good gor our pupils to be sitting on bear floor what are we portraying and this is the formal and basic education we are agitating for,” Jarma advocates.
According to him, UBEC does not impose on states the kind of projects to put in their action plans, but only advises as the case may arise all in an effort to ensure better education delivery.
The Zonal Director further disclosed that the monitoring of schools resumption is a significant exercise because it enables the commission to have a comprehensive data of pupils enrollment, teachers performance and infrastructure deficit for quality assurance.
Jarma used the forum and appealed to parents to cooperate with education managers by sending their children to school so as to ensure positive assessment of both pupils and teachers performance at the end of the term.
The resumption monitoring exercise is a termly activity embarked by both UBEC and SUBEBs across the country aimed at ensuring full commencement of academic activities after the school holidays.
Meanwhile, Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB has expressed dismay over the destruction of property in some of its schools by suspected Irate youth.
The Permanent Commissioner One of the board Alhaji Idris Ahmed Hardawa made his feelings known while inspecting the state of resumption by pupils and teachers for the second term academic activities in Bauchi.
Alhaji Idris Hardawa said reports by school managers indicates that youth in numbers during the night steal and vandalise property and at the same time threaten the school authorities.
“By 2023, it is necessary for parents to know that education is the key to the success of their children in whatever field of endeavour, otherwise as we have seen in this school the effect of vandalism is very glaring with those that are not attending schools from the initial stage are those who are taking to drugs and doing vandalism all over,” Hardawa advises.
He charged the managers to liaise with SBMC and other stakeholders towards securing such facilities and undertake minor repairs for effective teaching and learning.
On the turnout of pupils, the Permanent Commissioner One said the number of pupils in schools is not encouraging, hence the need for parents to brace up and ensure their wards resume school to guarantee their future.
Schools visited include Baba Sidi, Shadawanka, Kofar Fada, Sulaiman Adamu, Dangikka and Kandahar Primary schools all within Bauchi metropolis.