UBEC is considering a revision of the two-decade-old UBE Act

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The Universal Basic Education Commission has announced its intention to reassess certain provisions of the Universal Basic Education Act of 2004, citing impediments to its smooth operation.

Addressing participants at a two-day retreat for the Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) in Lagos, themed ‘Basic Education Implementation in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges, and Pathways Ahead,’ Executive Secretary Dr. Hamid Bobboyi emphasized the necessity for a review. He highlighted societal advancements and changes since the Act’s enactment two decades ago as grounds for this overdue evaluation.

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“We will collaborate with the committee to pinpoint aspects of the Universal Basic Education Act, 2004, and Other Related Matters that hinder the seamless execution of the UBE program,” Dr. Bobboyi stated. “Given its enactment 20 years ago and the societal transformations since then, we believe a review is imperative.”

He stressed the imperative for the education sector to address the nation’s challenges, asserting, “Our educational system must be responsive to the needs and aspirations of our country, staying abreast of both local dynamics and global trends.”

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Former Ogun State Governor and current senator for Ogun East, Gbenga Daniel, who chaired the event, emphasized the need for increased funding, technological integration, community involvement, and resource allocation for basic education.

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Similarly, Sen. Lawal Usman, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary), emphasized the importance of equal and adequate education for development, urging governments and parents alike to prioritize education.

Representing Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Secretary to the State Government Bimbo Salu-Hudeyin stressed the shared vision of ensuring quality basic education for every child in Nigeria. She called for proactive dialogues, sharing of best practices, and actionable plans to drive substantial improvements in the education system.

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