Education Commission to present 2018 school Census in December

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC says it is set to present the 2018 School Census data to Nigerians, International Development partners and all users of education data.

The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi , made this known in Abuja while addressing a high level meeting held on  National Personnel Audit (NPA) of the Nigeria Basic Education Sub sector with Commissioners, Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards and National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS.

Dr Bobboyi said “the main report and fact sheets are expected to be presented and disseminated to the public by the second week of December 2019.”

He also disclosed that subsequent presentation and dissemination of the 2018 NPA report to State goverments, SUBEBs and other Stakeholders would be done at the six geo-political zones and States.

Highlighting the 2018 NPA and it’s outcome, Dr Bobboyi said the commission would embark on advocacy and sensitisation of relevant stakeholders as well as carry out full scale data collection in all public and private basic education schools for the 2021 academic year .

According to him, “apart from regular monitoring and evaluation of the data collection of process,a the Commission will also Institutionalise human capacity building across the States.”

“The mass data generated during the 2018 NPA has revealed some key performance indicators relevant for policy making. These indicators are being articulated in various areas that have revealed notable variations in performance at National, zonal and state levels,” he stated.

Dr Bobboyi stressed that all these culminated into the successful data capturing of all basic education Institutions in Nigeria.

Previously, UBEC had carried out NPA in 2006 and 2010 respectively covering only public basic education schools.

The Commission however embarked on another NPA in 2018 which covered the private schools following the key roles played by the private investors in Nigeria’s basic education sub sector.

The Chairman of the NPA, Edwin Jarumai said the exercise witnessed cooperation ,commitment and collaboration by all stakeholders

The National President Assocoation of Proprietors of Private Schools, Yomi Otubela decried that Nigeria had relied on foreign data to plan it’s basic education sub sector.

He made known that private school owners in Nigeria would give scholarship to out of school children in their localities as their contribution to the reduction of the out of school scourge in Nigeria.

Otubela pledged readiness of the association to continually give support to the commission in future NPA exercise.

Present at the meeting were key SUBEB Officials, State Commissioners of Education and other stakeholders.

 

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere