..as Japan Agency constructs additional classrooms in Oyo
GIFT EMMANUEL, Abuja
FEDERAL Government Tuesday said that the era where pupils are subjected to learning under trees and degrading atmosphere were over in the country.
This is even the federal government expressed commitment to revamp basic education in all states of the federation.
Executive secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Dr Dikko Suleiman, stated this in Abuja while receiving a delegation from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Project for the construction of additional classrooms; phase III in Oyo State.
Suleiman lamented that because of neglect of basic education in the past; children particularly in rural areas sit under trees to learn but said no positive result could be obtained from such practice.
Suleiman said the Federal Government would ensure that all Nigerian pupils will learn under a conducive environment for easy assimilation.
The UBEC boss expresses appreciation to the government and people of Japan for the significant contribution in the development of basic education in Nigeria.
He said, the Federal Government through the commission is satisfied with the level of collaboration between UBEC and JICA in basic education delivery in Nigeria with specific reference to intervention like the construction of 78 classrooms in Niger State, 147 in Plateau, 265 in Kaduna and 317 in Kano apart from the furniture and construction of toilets.
On the ongoing intervention in Oyo State, the Executive secretary said the commission would participate actively and cooperate with JICA to the eventual utilisation and sustainability of the projects when completed.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation Mr. Tetsuo Seki said apart from construction of classrooms, JICA has trained Nigerian teachers and administrators locally and in Japan under the Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) project where over 6000 national, State and Co-teachers were trained.