Lawmakers call for review of basic education act

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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Lawmakers from State Houses of Assembly have called for the amendment of the Universal Basic Education UBE, Act 2004, specifically to reflect penalties against non-adherence to basic education policies, plans and programmes.

The House of Assembly Education Committees from the North East and South-South made the call in a communique issued at the end of a two-day workshop organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in Abuja.

The legislators said the review was necessary for effective development of basic education in the states.

The Chairman of the Communique Draft committee, Prof Matthew Sule from Plateau State and 8 other members jointly signed the document, calling for greater level of collaboration between agencies of government and other stakeholders to ensure effective implementation of UBE.

The lawmakers also called on all States to develop a comprehensive education sector plan for basic education.

According to them, “There should be continuous recruitment of qualified teachers and training of existing ones to ensure professionalism and efficiency.

“There should be improved awareness of the populace on the importance of basic education. The curriculum in our schools should be revisited to adopt the emerging trend of vocational and technology base education.”