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UBEC earmark N2.7bn to support 2,505 primary schools

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) says it has earmarked N2.7 billion to enhance the learning environment and uplift the quality of education in some selected primary schools across the country, this year.

The commission’s Director of Social Mobilization, Alhaji Bello Kagara, made this known at the opening of a two-day Media Dialogue on School-Based Management Committee meeting held in Kano, Kano State, on Tuesday.

The Media Dialogue on School-Based Management Committee meeting was organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

According to Kagara, the fund is to be used in the rehabilitation of about 2,505 primary schools that have already been identified by the commission across the country.

He said that each of the benefitting schools would receive 75 per cent payment of the total amount allocated to it from “the disbursement of the fund which will commence very soon.”

Alhaji Bello, who presented a paper entitled, “Overview of SBMC/Community Engagement Strategy”, noted that the commission expected the SBMCs to mobilize towards strengthening community participation in the school improvement programme.

He said that stakeholders in the education sector from all communities should come together to ensure quality assurance and enrollment in schools, especially on girl-child education.

The meeting drew media practitioners and educationists from Ministry of Education and State Universal Education Boards from the six Girl-child Education Project (GEP) benefitting states of Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Niger, Bauchi and Zamfara.

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