By Kwin Israel, The Sight News
ABUJA: The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) says it has put in place modalities to conduct a world-class assessment survey to ascertain learning outcomes in the nation’s basic education sector.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, said the 2021/2022 National Assessment on Learning Achievements in Basic Education (NALABE) will also evaluate the impact of the multi-billion naira annual interventions at the basic education level.
Dr. Bobboyi made this known at a Two-Day International Workshop on Large Scale Assessment for Basic Education organised by UBEC in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday in Abuja.
While saying each State receives an average of N1.5 billion for funding of basic education from UBEC every year, which adds up to N3 billion with payment of matching grant, Dr. Bobboyi lamented that the amount has not adequately rubbed off on learning achievements in schools.
The UBEC boss also expressed concerns over a seeming learning crisis in the country, saying that billions of naira being channeled into the basic education sector by the Commission has not adequately correlated with learning outcomes.
Speaking further, Dr. Bobboyi, who made reference to a report which posited that actual learning at the pre-primary and primary school levels is four years, said stakeholders in the education sector need to do more to boost learning in schools in the country.
The UBEC boss, however, commended UNICEF and other international development partners for their support to the Commission on strengthening preparation towards the successful conduct of 2022 NALABE.