NIEPA Partners UBEC, Ondo SUBEB, To End Out-of-School Children Menace



By Bodunde Tenabe, Ondo

The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Abuja, in partnership with Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB and the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo has ended an intensive 3-day training for Education Secretaries, Zonal and Area Education Officers across the 18 Local Government areas of the State.

In a statement on Friday 8th December 2023 from the Institute’s New Media Office, the training which focused on BESDA Attendance Management Information System aimed to address concerns regarding pupil enrollment and the menace of out-of-school children in public schools through the use of digital platforms and modern trend in Management Information System in schools.

According to the Executive Chairman of Ondo SUBEB, Rt. Hon Victor Olabimtan the BAMIS training programme is an integral component of Better Education Service Delivery For All.

Olabimtan who was represented by Ondo SUBEB Commissioner I, Princess Ademulegun Brown stated that statistics and accurate information on indicators form the bedrock for proper planning in achieving effective learning outcomes in the 21st century.

The Ondo SUBEB Boss acknowledged the challenge faced in accurate data collection which he affirmed that the BAMIS application has come to resolve.

The former Ondo Assembly Speaker said the application would help teachers digitally mark class registers, and the Head Office of the Board in Akure can track the number of teachers and learners in each classroom and school at all times.

He implored all the Education Secretaries, and Zonal and Area Education Officers to be attentive through the course of the training exercise because they are the bedrock for the project’s success in the State.  

Also speaking on the BAMIS Project, the Ag. Director General of NIEPA Ondo, Dr. David Shofoyeke said monitoring attendance, teaching, and learning is what the application strives to monitor.

He frowned at the challenge of obtaining data in the education sector and charged the participants to take advantage of the workshop for it will address the shortcomings in data collection, and analysis and aid the presentation of timely and reliable educational reports for planning in making management decisions.

Most of the participants commended the Federal Government for initiating the programme, stating that the high–tech digital tablets given to them would be put to conscientious use for the development of basic education in Ondo State.

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