31,963 more pupils to benefit from Edo educational programme

As the 2022/2023 academic session begins, all 306 state-owned junior secondary schools (JSS) have been incorporated into EdoBEST programme as the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) trains additional 1,446 teachers, head-teachers and principals statewide.

The training, which holds in Benin City, tackles teacher gap in the JSS system by at least 95 per cent and ushers in approximately 32,000 additional Edo children into a structured methodology of learning through its EdoBEST programme. A total of 365 EdoSTAR fellows are also undergoing the 10-day intensive training, which will enable participants deliver impactful lessons to pupils using the EdoBEST pedagogy.

Speaking at the first day of the training, Executive Chairman of the board, Mrs. Ozavize E. Salami, observed: “This is a landmark achievement for us at Edo SUBEB. It is a major step as we extend the education reforms of the Godwin Obaseki-led administration to fully incorporate the junior secondary schools in line with the ongoing JSS disarticulation process.

“Government is the largest provider of basic education service in the state and we are optimistic that our deliberate investment in teachers through professional development programmes will lead to measurable improvement in the learning outcomes of all our students located in urban, rural and even hard-to-reach areas of our state.”

For this set of participants, it is finally their turn to join their colleagues to be called digital teachers.

“The mandate is to sustain the gains made so far as the reforms in the basic education sector progress and are domesticated. It is critical, now more than ever, that EdoBEST remains as a legacy for the people of Edo State, even after this administration is long gone.”

Responding to questions surrounding payment of stipends to EdoSTAR fellows, Salami affirmed “at least 80 per cent of the fellows have been fully paid their entitlements, while others will receive their full payments in the coming days.”


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