With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ebonyi State government has completed a baseline assessment of 327 primary schools in the state.
Speaking during the presentation of the evaluation results, yesterday, the Executive Chairman of the Ebonyi Universal Education Board, Chief Hyacinth Ikpor, thanked USAID for supporting the state in the implementation of the project.
“Teachers must recognize the improved teaching standards and rededicate themselves to their primary duties. For its part, the government will continue to improve the ability of teachers, well-being and supervision,” he said.
In response, the state chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Francis Egwu, commended the state government and USAID for the completion of the baseline assessment.
“We must base reforms in basic education on facts. The fact remains that Ebonyi has a gross shortage of teachers. With the current embargo on employment, teachers, who have resigned, retired or left the service, they are not replaced. This leads to overcrowded classrooms and deteriorates the condition for effective learning,” he said.
While thanking the governor for his efforts to improve the results of the Ebonyi education system, the Executive Director of Technology for Transformative Development Foundation (TTD), Ewah Eleri, said the baseline assessment will enable the state government and to the education parties to identify priority areas. for intervention.
“These priority areas include improving learning skills, access to learning materials and the overall learning environment. Other areas include teacher recruitment, training and better service conditions.
“Key investments are needed to bring Ebonyi schools into the 21st century. These include scaling up school infrastructure, improved supply of school furniture, more conducive classrooms, water and sanitation and electricity in schools,” he said.