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UBEC set to commence 2022 audit of basic schools

Students of the Ungogo Special Primary School, Kano State

The Executive Secretary Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Hamid Bobboyi has announced that plans are underway to commence the conduct of 2022 personnel audit of all basic education institutions in the country.

He lamented that the dearth of data on basic education has remained a major challenge, saying education planners and decision-makers have had to make do with data that are not up-to-date or are outrightly falsified.

Dr Bobboyi speaking on Thursday in Abuja during a high-level consultative meeting on the 2022 National Personnel Audit (NPA) of all basic education institutions in Nigeria, noted that the exercise would enable the Commission to collect accurate data on school enrolment, number of teachers and other personnel in the system as well as facilities among others.

He noted that the last time the personnel audit was conducted was in 2018, noting that the desire of the Commission was to put in place a structure that would be updating the 2018 database on continuous basis.

According to him, the exercise would be carried in collaboration with the State Governments and the Federal Capital Territory in all schools offering full or elements of basic education.

He warned that Nigeria’s school data for any particular period should be a national data that is available for use in and outside the country, adding that from the schools to the federal level, and at all times, the number of characters of learners, teachers and other personnel in schools must be in sync.

“Our desire after the exercise is to put in place a structure that will be updating the 2018 database on a continuous basis and through this, build a culture of data generation and management down to the school level. This could not be achieved due to the absence of facilities and personnel at the different levels.”

He said the successful conduct of the exercise will give Nigeria credible basic school data that can be quoted and used with confidence all over the world.

Reporting by Hassan Hussain, editing by Daniel Adejo.