To complement the gains from the EdoBest education reforms, the state government announced yesterday that it had extended the reform program to post-primary cadres, while announcing that the government had hired 3,000 teachers for primary cadres. .
Announcing the reforms, State Commissioner for Education, Ms. Joan Oviawe, at a press briefing in Benin City, said the Edo Best 2.0 approach was designed to improve the quality of academics in the post -primary, create frameworks to coordinate extracurricular activities and improve school administration.
She said the government is aware of the declining level of education in the state, as a result of misconduct in exams, and is therefore working hard to provide both the manpower and infrastructure needed for the public school system.
“The quality of education that students receive in schools has recently come under scrutiny in Edo State due to the high rate of reported malpractice and misconduct during major school drills. examination in the state, as well as the lack of staff (teachers) to effectively deliver training in 307 schools scattered across the 18 local government areas of the state.
“Since 2008, the state has not employed any teachers statewide, but we are pleased to say that we have hired 3,000 elementary teachers and are working to hire 1,000 post-primary teachers.
“In order to build on the achievements already seen under the Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo BEST) program, the state government, through the Ministry of Education, has been forced to take decisive action under the EdoBEST 2.0 reform program to address concerns about secondary education,” she said.