He said: “In the last four years, we have reconstructed and furnished 253 Basic Schools in the state. These schools are located mainly in the rural and oceanic areas.
“We reconstructed and furnished these schools to give our children access to quality education”.
The issue of access to quality education is key in Governor Wike’s Education Agenda. To drive home his goal, the Governor abolished all forms of fees in public schools across the state.
There are 1315 Basic Education Schools in Rivers State and the State Government is working hard to transform the schools through phased interventions.
“Our state has completed and accessed all our grants from the Universal Basic Education Commission. We are up to date in the funding of basic education programmes. Part of the problem of Universal Basic Education is the inability of states to access matching grants. We have accessed these matching grants and we are using same to develop the basic education sector “, Governor Wike said.
He explained that his administration abolished every form of fees in primary, junior and secondary schools to encourage parents to educate their children.
“I have abolished every form of payment in primary, junior and senior Secondary Schools because many parents are poor and they cannot afford these payments.
“We have taken the burden away from them so that poor parents can conveniently send their children to school “, he said.
Beyond creating access to quality education, the Wike Administration has established a framework to employ 10, 000 teachers for primary and secondary schools. The process of recruitment is ongoing.
For the teachers already working for the Rivers State Government, the administration has embarked on series of capacity building programmes to sharpen their skills.
“Basic Education is key to the development of the state. SUBEB is awarding contracts for the furnishing of schools slated for 2018. After that of 2018, we will award 2019 contracts for the furnishing of schools.
“We are expecting more enrolments in schools, with the investments and progress that we have made”, he said.
To consolidate on the gains of the investments of the State Government in the area of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, the Wike Administration has deepened partnership with national and international educational organizations. The partnership with the Universal Basic Education Commission and the World Bank Better Education Service Delivery for all has been rewarding.