UBEC Concludes Plans to Build Digital Schools.

The federal government has announced the conclusion of its plans to build state-of-the-art digital schools and facilities for learning across the nation.

The disclosure was made by the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, at the inauguration ceremony of basic education projects at the Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State.

In a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Communications, Mr. David Apeh, the executive secretary added that a digital resource centre is also being constructed in Abuja to coordinate digital learning in the basic education sub-sector.

He reiterated that when the project is completed, the facilities would put the sub-sector on the digital map of the world.

Bobboyi said, “Basic education as you are aware is the foundation upon which our education is built. If this pillar is weak, then all other tiers cannot stand.”

He further stated that UBEC has tried in the last four years to work with all stakeholders in the education sector to change the narrative of basic education delivery in the country.

Regarding the partnership with the Federal University Dutse (FUD),  Bobboyi said, it represents a strategic engagement that would yield mutual benefit to both FUD and UBEC, and would help to re-enforce and strengthen the basic education sub-sector in Nigeria.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Fatima Batulu Mukhtar, thanked the executive secretary, board and management of UBEC for the primary school project and the early childhood care development and education (ECCDE) centre in the university.

She said while the facility provides easy access to basic education for many within and outside the university, “it would serve as a demonstration school and a centre of excellence which shall impact positively in the development of basic education in Jigawa State.”

Recall that in November 2020, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Model Schools Initiative will begin during the September 2021 academic session. The initiative is envisioned to be a game-changer, turn things around in terms of e-learning which in turn would enable learners to be at par with the 21st-century digital world.


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