Paul Obi in Abuja

The federal government has commenced data collation in primary and junior secondary schools across the country for the repositioning of the basic education sector.

This was made known by the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi during the tour of UBEC primary and secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said the tour was to enable UBEC familiarise with the data collation and ensure that the process is effective and efficient, adding that though “there are always cases of suspicion”, the objective was to “gather data for planning to reposition the basic education sector.”

Bobboyi said the data collated would assist UBEC to improve teachers’ professionalism and quality of schools in the basic education sector, adding that so far, the exercise, particularly in the South-south geopolitical zone has turned out positive outcomes that will help the agency in improving basic education in the country.

Also speaking, the Chairman of UBEC board, Dr. Mahmood Abubakar expressed concern over the attitude of private schools, adding that most of the private schools have not been cooperating with the data collation exercise.

He reiterated that the data collation exercise was geared towards improving the standard of basic education in Nigeria.

The schools visited were LEA Primary School, Kutunku, Gwagwalada Area Council; LEA Primary School, Dawaki, Bwari Area Council; Government Secondary School, Area 10, Garki in Abuja Municipal Area Council and FCT UBEC office.