The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC says all textbooks needed by every Nigerian child in Public schools will be supplied freely before the end of 2018.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr Hammed Bobboyi was speaking to Journalists in Abuja, on the need to focus on the Nigerian child and improving on quality of public basic schools across the country.
Dr Bobboyi said that provision of textbooks to pupils in the basic schools is the responsibility of the government and that the distribution of the books will not be done instalmentally.
“By 2nd quarter of next year, we would have supplied every textbook that is needed by every Nigerian child in public schools, there is need to focus on the Nigerian child. Not only Mathematics and English language textbooks will be supplied but all other core subjects will be inclusive,” Dr Bobboyi explained.
Speaking on quality education in public basic schools, the UBEC Executive Secretary said quality must not be neglected. He emphasized the need to institute model public schools where states would ensure right teacher ratio to pupil ratio, adequate availability of instructional materials and usage of modern technologies like smart boards.
Bobboyi said there is need to build an entire different system whereby ideas of modern public schools with quality will be mainstreamed in the Nigerian basic school system.
“Realising this will be new phase for basic education for the future of Nigeria. We need to build an entire different system, the kind of institutions that can move the entire education system forward in Nigeria, the world is moving and nobody is waiting for us and UBEC is worried that we are lagging behind.
“Nigerians need to believe in our system, we have the capacity, the human resources and if we judiciously use the funds made available, we will move Nigeria to the cadre of Pakistan and Malaysia,” he said.
Dr Bobboyi also said there was need to develop plans to address key challenges facing basic education system in Nigeria.
“We need to be frank and address the key challenges, our hope is that all State universal basic education boards by the next one month will submit their strategic plan for further review by UBEC,” he added.