As part of education sector reforms in Edo State, the state government on Friday announced the recruitment of 3,000 teachers for the primary education segment, with a plan to hire more 1,000 teachers for the secondary education segment.
Reforms in the sector, of which the EdoBest education reforms are the flagship introduced by the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki with the sole aim of making the sector the model to be copied by the other States of the Federation.
Announcing the reforms, State Commissioner for Education, Ms. Joan Oviawe, at a press briefing in Benin City, said the “Edo Best 2.0 approach” is designed to improve the quality of academics in the post-primary framework, create frameworks for school co-activities and improvement of school administration.
She added that the government was aware of the declining level of education in the state, following misconduct in exams, and was therefore working hard to provide both the manpower and the infrastructure needed for the public school system.
“The quality of education that students receive at school has recently come under scrutiny in Edo State due to the high rate of misconduct and misconduct reported during major exercises. in the state, as well as the lack of staff (teachers) to effectively deliver training across 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,” Oviawe revealed.
She added that the EdoBEST 2.0 secondary school reform aims to impact student learning and school administration in three key areas such as school improvement, which is to “ensure that students are prepared to meet performance expectations in an ever-changing workplace”. and stay relevant.
“We have redesigned academic activities to rework the following elements and ensure that 60% of activities are for teaching, learning and instruction time; 24% is for extracurricular activities and 16% for brain stimulation activities for students.
“To ensure that students are well prepared for the new school year, parents and teachers would receive a back-to-school checklist.
“And model digital learning across the state, starting with 40 pilot schools in partnership with UNICEF.”
Oviawe maintained that “the following steps are being taken by the ministry to improve the administration, management and monitoring of schools in general.”
She said that “the school management council should improve secondary education, establish part of systems strengthening and school governance.”
It also classified the schools into six areas of academic specialization: engineering and technology, health and medical sciences, arts (performing and creative), entrepreneurship, sports, social sciences and applied humanities.
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