By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
Stakeholders in the education sector have appealed to the School Management Based Committee (SBMCs) and Teachers to play vital role in ensuring quality of education in the state.
This appeal was contained in a communique issue at the end of a one-day citizens dialogue meeting held July 22 and signed by Mr Toshin Zuberu, Programme officer Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) coordinating TY Danjuma Foundation Programme and made available to Newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi.
The communique explained that teachers and SBMCs are the custodians and guardians with the responsibility of preserving and providing conducive learning environment for pupils.
“Together they can check the menace of teacher absenteeism by monitoring, supervising and reporting on a regular intervals to appropriate authority,” it said.
The stakeholders recommended for Training and retraining of teachers and SBMC’s to achieve the overall goal of basic education in the state.
“The SBMC’s should imbibe a continuous partnership/engagement with FAHIMTA and other NGOs for effective advocacy to foster the restructuring of dilapidated structures in the basic education”, the Communique said.
It further noted that government and other stakeholders need to ensure that the teaching environment for the pupils is made conducive.
While urging the teachers to be selfless while in service delivery, the Communique also stressed the need to adopt and utilize the Nigerian policy on quality education to achieve quality assurance in sustainable service delivery.
The Communique reiterated that education still remained the bedrock of development, adding that there is the need for communities to take ownership by providing portable drinking water, minor school renovations rather than relying on government and NGOs support.
The Stakeholders also called on the State University Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to provide effective supportive supervision and mentorship to supervisor SBMCs among others in carrying out their responsibilities effectively.
They also advocated for more awareness campaigns on ownership to community members for sustainable development.
The communique emphasized the need for governments and communities to identify philanthropists and private organizations that would aid school development.
They commended FAWOYDI and TY Foundation for complementing the state government’s effort to improve lesson notes and work plans in targeted schools in the state.
Our correspondent reports that the dialogue meeting was organized by Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) in collaboration with
TY Danjuma Foundation.
The stakeholders in attendance were officials of SUBEB, other government officials, Local Education Authorities, Teachers, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), NGOs CSOs and the Media.