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Thursday, August 18, 2011

UBEC sets new standard for Mass failure in 2011 National Exams

IN response to recent mass failures recorded in students’ performance in public examinations in Nigeria,
the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has set up new unified minimum standards for establishment and running of schools in Nigeria.

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed, who unveiled the document in Abuja on Wednesday, said it was designed to ensure uniformity and raise the standard of educational delivery at the basic level.

He also disclosed that UBEC had trained a total of 329,687 teachers and education managers nationwide between 2009 and 2010 under the Teacher Professional Development Fund as part of efforts to boost the quality of basic education.

Dr Mohammed said Section 9 sub-section C of the Compulsory, Free, Universal Basic Education and Other Related Matters Act 2004, otherwise known as UBE Act 2004 provided that the commission “provides the minimum standards for basic education throughout Nigeria in line with the National Policy on Education and the directive of the National Council on Education (NCE).”

The UBE boss, therefore, directed that all educational administrators such as quality assurance officers, monitoring officers, supervisors, inspectors, including current and potential proprietors of schools at basic level in both private and public sectors and other stakeholders should get acquainted with the new document.

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