Dr Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has expressed concern about the poor educational outcomes in Nigeria, despite billions of naira spent on primary education.
According to Bobboyi, the billions of dollars invested in primary education have not been adequately correlated with learning outcomes.
According to the UBEC CEO, the 2021/2022 National Assessment on Learning Achievements in Basic Education (NALABE) will also assess the impact of multi-billion naira annual interventions at the basic education level.
On Wednesday in Abuja, he spoke at a Two-Day International Workshop on Large Scale Assessment for Basic Education organized by UBEC in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
While stating that each state receives an average of N1.5 billion from UBEC for essential education funding each year, which adds to N3 billion when matching grants are paid, Bobboyi lamented that the amount has not adequately impacted learning outcomes in schools.
“You know UBEC is an intervention agency; it provides resources,” Bobboyi says. We dispense billions of dollars each year in a good year, with the exception of 2020, which was impacted by COVID.
“A state receives a minimum of N1.5 billion and a maximum of N3 billion (as a whole) per year.
“But, at the end of the day, you wonder about the money and resources that are going to these states and agencies that are implementing primary education. How much of it reaches the classroom and makes a difference in teaching and learning?
“Because it concerns one. We measure our success by how much money we can give away. We’ve dispensed this, done that, and so on.
“We have distributed textbooks to states, and SUBEBs will wait for UBEC to pay for transportation of these books to various schools, and most of the time, the textbooks are locked up in headmasters’ offices awaiting instructions from their ministries on what to do with them.