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UBEC moves to lift standard of basic education

By Joseph Erunke

ABUJA—IN an effort  to arrest the poor standard of education especially at the basic education level in Nigeria, the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC will tomorrow begin assessment of both pupils in primary schools and students in junior secondary schools across the country.

The board, during the exercise, will assess and determine the efficiency and quality of performance of primary and junior secondary school pupils and students.

The assessment, according to UBEC Executive Secretary, Hamid Bobboyi, who briefed newsmen in Abuja, said the development became necessary to track education standards especially at the basic school level.

He said:”We have to know exactly which state is doing well in basic education and to know where basic education is functioning better.  We also want to know why basic education is really having problems and to ensure that responses of intervention agency such as UBEC are tailor made to bring everyone on board. The Nigerian government is ready to tackle issues whereby students would be in school without learning.”

According to him, the main objective of the assessment was to use quantitative and qualitative methods to assess and determine the efficiency and quality of performance of primary and junior secondary school pupils and students in Nigeria.

According to him, “The exercise exposes learners’ performance in curricular delivery and impact of intervening variables. The specific objectives include collection of data on achievements of learners between primaries 5 and 6 and junior Secondary School, JSS 2 and 3 in core subjects of English studies, Mathematics, Basic Science and Technology and Social studies. It is also intended to synthesize basic information on primary and JSS in Nigeria and use it to explain pupils/ students’ achievement, access to schools, internal efficiency of primary and junior secondary schools.”


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