Nigerian government initiative on model schools increases enrolment

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Nigerian government initiative on development of school facilities across the country has led to over 3.1 percent increase in school enrolment in Plateau State.

The Chairman of Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (PSUBEB), Professor Mathew Sule, made this known in Jos, the state capital during an advocacy visit by the Universal Basic Education Commission to the state.

The PSUBEB Chairman noted that Plateau state was the first to put the Junior Girls Model Schools facilities into use after a recently held stake holders meeting in Lagos state.

Prof. Sule, disclosed that the Board has also done periodic inspection of the schools, and few challenges have been highlighted by the board.

Earlier, the delegation of the Universal Basic Education Commission on advocacy and monitoring of projects to Plateau state commended the Governor of the state, Solomon Lalong and the state basic education Board for being the first to put into full use the four Junior Girls Model Secondary Schools constructed by the Federal government in the state.

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, Dr Bobboyi was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Yakabu Gambo.

Gambo who led the visit, commended the Plateau state governor for utilizing the structures in the best interest of the Nigerian child.

I therefore commend Governor Solomon Lalong and his team for being the first to respond to the earlier directive by the Federal government to put the structures built for girl’s model schools to use in the states.”

He added that the advocacy visit to states was to further encourage the state governments to make good use of the built girls model schools already provided to boost school enrollment.

“At the last quarterly meeting in Lagos, there were clarion calls from stakeholders for other states to emulate the Plateau example, especially in the utilization of Junior Girls Model Secondary Schools” he added.

Bobboyi stressed that the advocacy visit as also to locate areas of challenges where the Nigerian government could intervene in addressing some of the problems faced in the schools.

The UBEC delegation expressed satisfaction that two out of the four schools in Plateau State were already running full boarding system while the other two are running day school system following certain constraints.

Aisha JM