Importance of Universal Basic Education – The importance of Universal Basic Education ranges from improving access to quality basic education to promoting and enhancing service delivery in the educational sector.
This article gives an in-depth analysis of the importance of Universal Basic Education and its objectives.
What is the Universal Basic Education?
The Universal Basic Education is a programme conceptualized by the Nigerian Government in order to reform and improve the standard of basic education in the entire states of the Nigerian federation.
What are the major objectives of Universal Basic Education?
According to the Universal Basic Education portfolio, the major objectives include:
- To make sure there is an unrestricted enrollment into a formal educational medium through the provision of mandatory and free education to children that are ready to go to school covering
i. Primary Education.
ii. Junior Secondary Education in a bid to revolutionize the development of early care of children, including their education.
- A significant drop in the number of out-of-school children and the increasing superior education, timeless learning and impactful educational services.
- The promotion of skills that are profitable, values that are worthy of emulation and education that will stand the test of time, in order to make useful citizens.
What are the Basic Features of Universal Basic Education?
- Access to Basic Education for free.
- Mandatory and unrestricted complete years of school education, which includes primary and junior secondary.
- Complete Focus on strengthening of the curriculum in a bid to improve reliability and increasing its usefulness for the fulfilment of the desires and goals of the individuals and the entire society.
- Show significant difference between both sections of secondary school which are Junior and Senior Secondary.
- Improving access to computer education.
- Seek the constant improvement of professionalism in the teaching profession.
- Help promote good and effective community-school relationship, which will see communities participate more in school decision making.
Importance of Universal Basic Education
- Universal basic education is important in the sense that it helps the country to meet its millennium development goals, which include the elimination of poverty and illiteracy.
- Universal basic education reduces the menace of child labour and prostitution by providing free and mandatory education for children between the age of three and sixteen years.
- The scheme ensures quality education by improving the teaching profession, through regular seminar and training, and the inclusion of best global practices in other to meet the national and community needs.
- The universal basic education will put an end to unemployment by ensuring greater access to education at the developmental stage of one’s life, the aim of producing worthy citizens will be easily met.
- The scheme will also lessen the scourge of crime. Youths who are morally and intellectually cultivated will be worthy beneficiaries of the programme.
- The parents will be relieved of the burden of hefty fees charges, as they will be expected to send their kids to school without paying a kobo.
How to improve the Universal Basic Education in Nigeria
In order to make the implementation of the Universal Basic Education programme better and more impactful, there must be strategies to guarantee improved outcomes. Here is how the UBE programmes across the federation can be made better:
- Provision of adequate facilities in libraries, laboratory and play area. In primary schools, there seems to be a great deficiency in the area of play materials. This is not supposed to be so because children enrolled in primary schools will need play materials to learn better. With better learning facilities, pupils will be able to explore their environment and produce productive learning outcomes.
- Governments at various levels should put in place a monitoring team to ensure that funds channelled to the programmes are properly used. Corruption and embezzlement can ultimately cripple the programme and render it a failure.
- Another problem plaguing the effective implementation of the Universal Basic Education programme is inadequate manpower. Government should put in place a framework to improve recruitment and staff competencies.
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