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The APC NewsOnline Media kickstarts a three-day inspection tour of Universal Basic Education projects in Jigawa. The inspection team was led by Dr Tom Ohikere the chief publisher of the news media. The team’s first-day inspection was concentrated in the Jigawa Central Senatorial District, where school facilities and projects were inspected.
Their first point of call was Federal University Staff School, where UBEC built an early child care centre, fully furnished with the school clinic. Other schools visited include 744 Estate Primary and secondary school, renovated in 2018 with a well-equipped library and laboratory; Gandu Sarki Primary school and JGASS Baure.
The inspection team paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Jigawa State, ably represented by the Deputy Governor, Mallam Umar, Namadi Dan-Modi. During the brief interactive session, the Team Leader Dr Tom Ohikere commended the effort of the state in delivering universal basic education projects.
In his speech, he said the inspection exercise is aimed at authenticating the relentless effort of the APC-controlled states in making quality education available and affordable for every child across the country through universal basic education programmes.
He further stated that the earlier independent survey showed that Jigawa has great improvement in terms of education, thus the inspection will cover the facilities in the learning environment, teachers welfare, curriculum development, and in the end do an impact analysis.
In the response of the state government, the Deputy Governor, Mallam Umar Namadi Dan-Modi said “the administration is doing great and the state is one of the key players in UBEC projects, paying backlog of teachers’ salaries, with consistent disbursement of counterpart funds.
In his words, he said “We also have what we called “Education Change Agenda” where qualified teachers have been recruited three times, with the building of more classrooms spread across the state to decongest the existing schools. The state established 11 Centres of Excellence, well furnished with qualified tutors for quality education for Jigawa Children.”
In his speech, he further said, “In fact because of our efforts, in complimenting the Federal government in the school feeding programme, enrollment has improved and every child from class 1 to class 6 is being fed daily in school. The performance of the state in WAEC improved greatly from an abysmal failure of 14% to a fair improvement of 45%.” He concluded.
The Inspection Team later concluded the first-day inspection tour with a visit to the state PTA Chairman, who is also a district head in Dutse, Alhaji Jamilu Muhammad Sunusi. He thanked the APC Media team for the inspection. In his words, he said, “we are doing our best to ensure that quality education is given to every child in the state. Thus, many communities built their schools with assistance and some funding from the SUBEB and UBEC. So, there is a greater improvement in pupils enrollment compared to previous years.” He said.
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