Imo fails to access UBEC’s N37b over counterpart funding

The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Hamid Boboyi, has appealed to Imo state and others yet to access their matching grants to do so in order to improve the quality of education in their states.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, made this appeal in Abuja during a media chat Monday.

According to Mr. Bobboyi, there exist N37 billion waiting to be accessed between 2015 and 2016 due to lack of counterpart funding from the concerned states.

He quipped that only 7 states of Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Rivers, Sokoto and Bauchi States had accessed their grants in the stated period leaving the rest 29 states.

Moreso,he explained that the State governments were to provide counterpart fund matching the Federal Government provided grants.

“The quarterly meeting with the States Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEB) Chairmen has provided an avenue for deliberating on the best way of addressing this challenge.

“It must be noted that most of the SUBEB chairmen rely on their governments to pay the counterpart funds.

“Many SUBEB chairmen indicated that due to recession, many state governments have not been able to raise these counterpart funds,’’ he said.

The Executive Secretary hinted on the readiness of the Commission to establish model schools in each local government area across the country.

Continuing,Mr. Bobboyi states that the model schools are required as the backbone for the education system.

“We feel strongly about this and we have started the process; we need the kind of model schools that will meet international standards.

“Our hope is that we keep on building these schools to reduce the difficulty of teacher quality,’’ he said.

He added that for a school to be qualified as a model school, teams would evaluate these schools and ensure that the teacher quality and classroom ratio was right.

Further,he explained that by September, the commission would have an assessment to know the standard of each basic education subject within the school system.

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