By Ibukun Emiola
Capacity-building is essential in developing competence and skills that will make the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) effective, stakeholders in education have advised.
The stakeholders expressed this view in a statement issued in Ibadan on Thursday during a training for 100 quality assurance officers of the commission.
The statement quoted the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, as saying that the training would improve learning in line with international best practices.
According to the statement, the training which started on Sept. 6 in Ibadan, had participants drawn from the all local government universal basic education authorities in the state.
Represented by Alhaji Alabi Asaju, the South-West Zonal Director of the commission, Bobboyi said: “The commission, in conjunction with the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board is setting standards that will be sustained in years to come”.
He commended the Management Board of Oyo State Universal Basic Education for commitment to effectiveness and efficiency in the basic education sub-sector of Oyo State.
Also, the Executive Chairman, Oyo SUBEB, Dr Nureni Adeniran, said that the state’s quality assurance had been in practice but the training would be needed to further expose officers to various techniques in approach to education.
He explained that the theme of the training: “Effective School Evaluation: Panacea for improving learning outcomes and strengthening of the school system”, would enable the trainees to improve learning outcomes, results and performances in the educational system.
“The Seyi Makinde-led administration had revamped and restructured the education sector of the state through various means, including earmarking 21 per cent in the state’s annual budget to the education sector.
Adeniran, however, acknowledged the support from UBEC by giving 33 motorcycles, 30 laptops and printers to quality assurance officers.
He expressed optimism that after the training, officers would be acquainted with the requisite skills for effective performance.
The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr Olusanjo Adeniyi and the Director, Quality Assurance, UBEC, Mansir Idris, agreed that the training sought to develop new strategies to improve the quality of learning in basic schools across Oyo State.
They observed that the training was in response to the need to strengthen the capacity of the officers, especially at the local government levels. (NAN)