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NGO lists barriers to education devt in Bayelsa

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The flow and management of revenues have been identified as the barriers to effective performance of the Bayelsa State educational sub-sector.

A non-governmental organisation, Revenue Watch Institute,  which disclosed this in Yenagoa during a public presentation of its report on Social Accountability Plan for Education in Bayelsa State, said that the flow and management of the state revenues were important to educational development.

The presentation of the report followed diagnostic investigations on educational challenges by the Institute in schools drawn from three local government areas of the state, namely, Yenagoa, Sagbama and Nembe.

The project, sponsored by the Revenue Watch Institute in collaboration with the World Bank is designed in three faces, diagnosis, design and capacity building, and tagged, ‘Social Accountability for Education Sector, SAPES,’ in Bayelsa State.

The report, identified the underlying factors hampering the effectiveness of the state government efforts at addressing the age long decay in the education sector with a view to positioning it as a pillar for the overall development of the state.

The project consultant to Revenue Watch Institute, Dr.  Modupe Adelabu, explained that the nature of education  policies and institutions in Bayelsa State and its level of funding were not the primary barriers, but rather the flow and management of revenues.

According to her, “the timeliness of the flow and the effectiveness of various education management bodies bear the particular and priority attention. There is,  therefore, the need for budget provisions and financial flows to reflect the priority that Bayelsa State accords education.

She said,  the report identified challenges in the sector, particularly as it relates to financial flow and information among the different system’s institute, stressing that it “suggests the design of appropriate social accountability tools to address these challenges.”

She explained that the findings of the diagnosis were captured in two sections,  which are reflective of positive and ‘to-be-improved’(attention) areas.


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