The Federal Government has commended Governor Godwin Obaseki’s basic education reform in Edo State, especially the deployment of tech-based teaching in classrooms under the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo-BEST) programme.
Director of Physical Planning, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Sadiq Sa’ad, disclosed this during a visit by officials of the commission to the proposed site of a multi-billion naira model school project, at Esigie Demonstration Secondary School, in Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.
He noted that the reforms would lead to a sustainable development in the state.
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He said the choice of Edo for the project was informed by efforts made by the state governor to reposition the basic education sub-sector, adding that similar projects would be located in each of the six geopolitical zones and the Federal Capital Territory.
He announced that construction of the school projects would commence in October.
Sa’ad expressed satisfaction with the proposed site for the project in the state, which he said met the requirements for the project to be funded by UBEC.
“The inspection visit is a follow-up to the meeting we had with Obaseki in Abuja.
“We are here to see the land and we are satisfied with what we have seen,” he added.
He noted that the model school in Edo will complement the effort of the state government in repositioning the education sector.
“The multi-billion naira project includes four components: nursery, primary school 1 – 6, Secondary JSS 1 – 3 and a school for the physically challenged.”
UBEC Lead Consultant, Prof Mas’ud Abdulkarim explained that the idea of the project is to upscale education at the basic level, stressing that the school would serve as a model for both the state and local governments in the ongoing process to reposition the sector.
He said UBEC will maintain a uniform standard for the curriculum and monitor the teachers’ performance, “a state of the art digital technology will be deployed to the school to aid teaching and learning