Schools Reopening: UBEC, SUBEB Train Teachers On Covid-19 Safety Measures

SUBEB Gets Hilux Van

As part of measures to ensure the safety of both school children and their Teachers, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, in collaboration with Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, has organised a two-day Workshop on COVID 19 for Head Teachers and Principals of Junior Secondary Schools in the 23 Local Government Areas across the State preparatory to the reopening of schools.

Benue state Commissioner for Education, Professor Denis Ityavyar while addressing participants on Monday at Mount saint Gabriel’s secondary school Makurdi, Venue for Schools in Benue North West Senatorial District, said the Training was for school administrators in the Basic Education sub sector to highlight the critical importance of good hygiene practices to curtail the spread of the Virus.

SUBEB Chairman, Joseph Utse

Represented by Martins Idoko who is the Director of Special and Primary Education in the Ministry, Prof. Ityavyar expressed determination and optimism that Basic Education would continue to introduce programmes and activities that will boost enrolment, effective curriculum delivery and provision of infrastructure and urged teachers to strictly adhere to the guidelines on partial reopening of schools to reduce the tide of COVID 19.

On his part, Executive Chairman SUBEB, Comrade Joseph Utse restated his resolve to revive the cherished image of Public Primary Schools and solicited partnership from various communities to achieve the set objectives. He added that the Workshop was aimed at enhancing public enlightenment campaign among school administrators and Learners so as to strengthen the advocacy on physical distancing and other preventive Measures.

He disclosed that about 2,235 Head Teachers and Principals of Junior Secondary Schools were selected from the 3 Senatorial Districts of the State with 714 coming from Benue North East, 806 from Benue North West and 714 from Benue South.

Utse appealed to resource persons to organize similar workshops especially on the proper way of hand washing with soap under running water , how to sneeze or cough properly into elbow. He thanked Governor Samuel Ortom and UBEC as well as other development partners for their interest and continued financial assistance for Basic Education in the State.

In her comment, the State Coodinator of UBEC Mrs Augustina Sanchi said, the commission was concerned about the safety of both Teachers and children as regards COVID 19 and decided to support Benue SUBEB for the training while the Consultant La Tovez Limited Abuja represented by Mr Lawrence Abozwar promised to do
a thorough job for the interest of Benue Teachers and children.

Permanent member 1 at SUBEB Mr Mike Kusah and Director of Academic services, Mrs Regina Nyitar in their separate comments expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the success of the exercise.

In a related development, SUBEB
on Tuesday received Toyota Hilux Van procured from UBEC/Benue State Government Intervention funds for the year 2018/2019.

The UBEC State Coordinator, Mrs Augustina Sanchi during the presentation at the Board Headquarters okayed the turn of events at Benue SUBEB that paved way for the procurement of a Hilux vehicle for Quality Assurance activities using the Matching Grant. She expressed optimism that Monitoring of Schools in Benue will be strengthened with the availability of the vehicle for that purpose. According to Mrs Sanchi, the gesture was timely as arrangements were being made to reopen schools, adding that it will enhance School evaluation and monitoring.

Executive Chairman SUBEB, Comrade Joseph Utse in a remark explained that the vehicle was procured through the collaboration between UBEC/Benue State Government Intervention funds, using the 2018/2019 Matching Grant for the purpose of Quality Assurance activities. He commended the efforts of Governor Ortom and the Universal Basic Education Commission for prompt release of funds for Matching Grant to ensure steady and timely execution of Basic Education Projects.
Utse also appreciated the staff of Quality Assurance department for the good work they have been doing and assured that the Hilux Van will be used strictly for quality assurance activities.

Utse testing the Hi lux van

On his part, Permanent Member 3 at the board, Mr. James Ahua commended the Executive Chairman for proper supervision and release of funds for procurement of the Hilux Van. He commended the efforts of the Quality Assurance department for the achievements and urged other departments to take a cue from them towards the development of innovative ideas that can uplift SUBEB.

Earlier in a welcome address, Director of Quality Assurance, Mrs Dooshima Jibo described the procurement of a vehicle for her department as the first of its kind in SUBEB and was hopeful that it will boost staff morale and strengthen monitoring of schools.

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