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Learning Crisis: UBEC trains 1480  teachers in rural schools

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC)  has trained no fewer than 1480 selected teachers in rural and hard-to-reach schools across the 36 states and Abuja.

According to the Executive Secretary of UBEC,  Dr Hamid Bobboyi, they were trained in  skills on multigrade  pedagogies as part of efforts to address learning crisis.

He disclosed this at a capacity building workshop in Abuja on Monday, saying  the programme was aimed at providing quality basic education to every Nigerian child, particularly, in areas where teachers are hardly available due to bad terrain.

Bobboyi, represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, UBEC, Prof. Bala Zakari, said the initiative imbued in teachers a mind-set for embracing diversity, innovation, collaboration and motivation for improved learning outcomes.

He disclosed that 40 teachers were selected in each of the 36 states and the FCT.

He noted that one of the challenges bedevilling the UBE implementation in Nigeria is the inability of some learners to access quality education that translates to improved learning outcomes due to their location.

“Some who have access in the rural areas do not have the opportunity to have teachers available due to the challenge of bad terrain.”

“The consequence of this is low enrolment and increase in the number of out-of-school children as learners lose interest in education and drop-out from school.”

“In the rural and hard to reach areas, the provision of quality education is challenging as attracting and retaining qualified teachers is difficult,” he said.

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