Edo State Government says arrangements are on to launch a five-year infrastructure renewal plan for the education sector.
The Executive Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Ozavize Salami, made this known yesterday in a webinar series of the Edo Media Connect Forum tagged: ‘Talk to the People’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the webinar was organised, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Orientation.
Speaking about the theme: ‘Basic Education Reform: A Panacea for Social Welfare Enhancement in Edo State’, Salami said infrastructure renewal was one of the cardinal pillars under the education reform programme of the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration.
The reform, Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST), she said, had changed the face of teaching and learning since 2018 when it was introduced.
The SUBEB boss noted that the state was carrying out an infrastructure audit of schools in the state to use the data for the renewal project.
“Maintenance is part of the plan, so that schools will not deteriorate at a very high speed like it was before.
“Government has realised the work ahead of it and this infrastructural uplift will begin in the next few months,” said the chairman.
Salami said the reform that had been carried out by some prominent states in the country was conceived to tackle the barriers in the state’s education system.
“EdoBEST was launched to correct the anomalies this government met in the education sector when it assumed office.
“There was rot, such as lack of data to make critical decisions and interventions; dearth of teachers and failure of the communities where schools are based, to take ownership of the facilities.
“It is in view of this that the government prioritised equipping of teachers. About 11,000 teachers were trained in technology-based learning and teaching techniques.
“Tablets that contained lesson notes for teaching were distributed to the teachers. This improved the morale of teachers, and we abolished corporal punishment for pupils in primary schools,” she said.
The SUBEB boss asserted that as a way of showing its commitment to education, the state government budgeted a whopping N24 billion to the sector.
She said the sum was the second largest allocation to any sector, after infrastructure.