Daily Archives: October 5, 2015

Sensitization/Awareness on improving the quality of basic education in Nigeria

HDI has made a call on parents to participate actively in the governance of basic education. This call was made during a sensitization and awareness forum organized in Lagos by Human Development Initiatives in collaboration with Patriotic Citizens Initiatives for parents and community stakeholders in Mainland Local Council Area of Lagos State. Speaking at the event which took place on the 30th of September, 2015, Dr. Waziri Adisa, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Lagos placed emphasis on the roles of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) and Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs) in the implementation of Universal Basic Education. He noted that the “prospects of UBE such as eradication of mass literacy, eradication of the phenomenon of out-of-school children and drop-out from formal school system, improved access to functional, effective and free education amongst others are only achievable if all relevant stakeholders show commitment”. He said that UBEC, SUBEBs, LGEAs and other education institutions should work hand-in-hand in order to ensure unfettered access to free and compulsory nine years of formal basic education.

Mrs. Olufunso Owasanoye, Acting Executive Director, Human Development Initiatives on her part stressed that parents should make sure their children are enrolled in school; having noted that preventing children from attending school is an offence punishable by law. She emphasized the importance of setting up a Community-based School monitoring committee that functions as a task force that would ensure that children are in school during school hours. This committee, according to her should also be saddled with the responsibility of reporting deficiencies, failures and abnormalities in schools to appropriate authorities”.

She also appealed to State Governments to pay the requisite counterpart fund in order to assess Federal Government matching grant allocated for the implementation of the Universal Basic Education programme. Accessing the matching grant and judiciously utilizing it for what it is meant for will go a long way in improving the quality of education across the States of the Federation.