Public basic school children will get free school textbooks by 2018 — UBEC

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[Abuja]–The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has said that it will supply all textbooks needed by every Nigerian child in public basic schools before the end of second quarter (Q2), 2018.

The executive secretary of the Commission, Hamed Bobboyi, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, while speaking on the need to improve the quality of education in the country, with emphasis on the development and equipping of public basic schools.

He clarified that not only Mathematics and English language textbooks would be supplied to the students, but all other core subjects inclusive.

Hamed stressed the need to build an entire different system whereby ideas of modern public schools with quality would be mainstreamed in the Nigerian basic school system.

He lamented the high figure of out-of-school children, saying Nigeria ought to be in the class of Malaysia and Korea on basic education system.

“By second 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 Nigerian child. It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to make sure that textbooks are supplied to the children in public schools. The distribution will not be done on pro-rata or on installment basis.

“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.

“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 said.

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