The Education Sector

In Bauchi State, Education is the ministry responsible for implementing all National Policies of Education as it affects the State government as both basic, post basic and tertiary levels. It is therefore responsible for initiating and executing the policies on the provision of qualitative and functional education to the teeming children, youth and adults of Bauchi State.

Challenges:

  • Lack of adequate resources owing to vandalism of oil pipelines and other criminal activities of terrorists which decreased oil supply from the Niger Delta and drop oil prices in the international market and the resultant decrease in allocations from the federation accounts;
  • Inadequate manpower, especially junior staff such as cooks, messengers, cleaners and watchmen;
  • General insecurity in schools;
  • Exorbitant charges of WEAC, NECO and NABTEB registration fees by private schools;
  • Aiding of examination malpractices, particularly in private schools across the state which reflects the entire nation;
  • Inadequate office furniture, equipment, office accommodation and utility vehicles both in the headquarter and zonal offices;
  • Insufficient ICT laboratories;
  • Brain drain through retirement, withdrawal of service etc created gaps in staffing dispositions list;
  • Embargo on employment and replacement of departed staff has compelled most of the institutions to resort to engaging part time staff and casual staff;
  • Land for expansion is very limited in some tertiary institutions

Achievements:

  1. Settlement of over two hundred-million-naira outstanding school fees in the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 sessions at Igbinedion University, Okada, of students of Bauchi state origin sent by the immediate past administration under an MoU to study BSc Nursing, BSc Pharmacy and BSc Medical Laboratory Science;
  2. Allocation of up to 20 % of the entire 2016 annual budget to Education sector and appointed the Deputy Governor as commissioner overseeing that important ministry;

In its desire to provide innovative and dynamic approach to Education in the State, the Administration of His Excellency, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar Esq, has performed well in the following areas, between May, 2015 to date: –

  • Constructed/renovated classroom blocks, while teachers and pupils are being provided with chairs, desks and other furniture in over 640 primary schools across the state;
  • Too improve the capacity and employability of youths using the opportunities accorded by the information and communication technology, ICT, 0ver 400 youths have been sent to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and Bauchi State University, Gadau where they were trained in computer appreciation;
  • Sponsorship of 22 students from the State at the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, who won 9 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals;
  • Release of N80,000,000.00 to reduce the backlog of expenditure on schools direct feeding programme;
  • Release of N119,593,450.00 to settle WAEC and NABTEB registration fees for indigenes of Bauchi State;
  • Meeting between the Ministry of Education and donor organizations at the instance of His Excellency, the Governor, on ways of exploring possible areas of intervention by the donor organizations in the Education Sector;
  • The dedication of the largest proportion of the 2016 Budget estimate to Education;
  • Also in an effort to reposition the Education Sector in the State, a Task Force Committee was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Governor in March, 2016 with the Deputy Governor (who is also the Commissioner of Education) as the Chairman.
  • The State Government has also recently launched the launching of the Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) which is aimed at increasing the number of school enrolment of children of school age in the state.
  • Settlement of salary of and allowances of teachers. The administration inherited backlog of salary and allowances particularly of teachers in the state for the period of four months which have been paid.
  • In an effort to cleanse the teaching profession of rot and ghost workers, a committee was formed and saddled with the responsibility of verifying and authenticating the total number of teachers in the state with a view to identifying and removing leakages in the system.
  • Accessing the 2014 and 2015 UBEC Matching. Despite the economic melting, the State Government was able to meet its obligation of sourcing 50% of UBEC counterpart funds for the 2014 and 2015 UBEC Matching grants.
  • Special intervention project. The state has benefitted a lot from the UBEC special intervention projects, which was largely due to the political commitment and enabling environment provided by the State Government.
  • Collaboration with the Donor Agencies. The Board in its effort to provide quality compulsory Basic Education in the state considered it necessary to collaborate with relevant Donor Agencies such as UNICEF, USAID and World Bank. Working mechanism has therefore been established to ensure proper synergy with the Donor Agencies intervening in the education sector.
  • Strengthening of public/private partnership. Since the inception of the new Board, organizations/individuals have indicated interests in contributing to the development of the basic education subsector to tackle numerous challenges.
  • Assistance to community/private schools. Various forms of assistance in terms of construction, renovation, staffing and other instructional materials were provided to some of the deserving communities/private schools to improve quality standard such as Islamiyya
  • Teacher professional development. The State has enjoyed the support of UBEC in building the capacity of teachers/education managers for better quality service delivery.
  • In 2016, Governor Mohammed Abubakar provided 2014 and 2015 UBEC matching grants of 1,829,054 naira (one billion, eight hundred and twenty-nine million, fifty four thousand, fifty-four naira), the first of its kind in the history of the state.
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