Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has declared that the Federal Government will continue to deploy independent monitors to assess the quality of capacity building programmes carried out by states with the Government’s interventionist funds.
The minister made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja during a meeting with State Commissioners for Education and Executive Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards, SUBEBs.
He noted that the essence of having independent monitors play active roles in the nation’s Teacher Training Education was to ensure that the training guidelines are observed by the states and all the stakeholders are kept on their toes to do the right thing.
According to Wike: “Teacher quality development is critical to our revival of basic education and the Federal Government is not prepared to allow any group to frustrate its efforts in this direction. The introduction of independent monitors to assist us in supervising the teacher training programme is to ensure that the states and the Universal Basic Education Commission follow the guidelines that have been set.”.
He stated that from the reports that he received on the 2011 Teacher Development Programme, some states failed to follow certain critical guidelines for the success of the programme. He listed the states to include: Borno, Delta, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Osun, Plateau, Yobe and Lagos States.
The minister added that Anambra State is the only state yet to conduct the 2011Teacher Development Training Programme,pointing out that the state will not access the 2012 training grant until it conducts that of 2011. He noted that beginning next year, states that fail to observe the guidelines will be sanctioned.
Wike directed the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, to release the 2012 training funds to the states by the end of June, so that the training can be flagged off in July across the country.
Responding on behalf of the commissioners and SUBEBS chairmen, Prof. Offiong Offiong, Cross River State Commissioner for Education, thanked the Minister of State for putting in place specific structures to revive education in the country.
Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Amhed Modibbo Mohammed assured the minister that the commission would continue to work with the states and the independent monitors to ensure the improvement of teacher quality in the nation.