We have initiated strategy to address cases of out of school children – FCT UBEB Director
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, director of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) Dr Hassan Sule, said the board has initiated activities to address incidences of out of school children across the territory.
Sule, while speaking at the final quiz/debate competition on Wednesday, in Abuja, one of the strategy adopted in mitigating incidences of out of school children was through head to head debate and reality house.
He said such strategy has increased pupils and students enrollments in schools in the FCT.
“And this modest approach introduced by FCT UBEB as a complimentary effort, which is a means of using the students to stimulate interests of out of school children back to school,” he said.
The director, however, said that, an activity in the forum debate, which he said involves both public and private schools across the six area councils of the FCT was organized to discuss reasons accounting for out of school children the consequences and way forward.
According to him, such approach has been yielding results, which he said many out of school children are coming back to be enrolled in many communities of the territory.
The UBEB director, further stated that most FCT schools are witnessing tremendous upsurge in pupils and students enrollments owing to withdrawals of aforementioned from private schools for public schools by parents on account of various challenges.
“And this has led to overstretching of existing schools facilities, while the FCT UBEB is doing everything possible to address the upsurge to enable the schools meet up with the upsurge in the enrollments in order to compete favorably with global technological dynamics and best practice,” he said.
Our correspondent report that, highlights of the debate by the students was centered on the rights of the children on compulsory free basic education for all children of school age that are resident in FCT.
The students from Junior Secondary School (JSS) Karu, Abuja, emerged winners of the debate.