Kaduna Board Evaluates 1,710 Public, Private Schools For Quality Teaching, Learning

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By ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Quality Assurance Board says it has evaluated 1,710 public and private primary and secondary schools in the state in the last three years.

The executive director of the Board, Mrs Mureen Wyom told journalists in Kaduna that the effort is geared towards ensuring quality teaching, learning and management of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state.

Wyom said that 674 schools were evaluated in 2014, 602 in 2015 and 434 schools in 2016, with the goal of improving the quality of education system delivery in the state.

She described the school evaluation as an annual exercise designed to access the performance of schools with respect to quality to enable the state planned for a better outcome the following year.

“After the evaluation, the board writes a report called the “State of Education Report”, indicating the level of quality in education delivery system and management in each school within a year.

“The report is then submitted to the office of the Governor and other relevant agencies for appropriate action and interventions where necessary.

She, explained that the evaluation focused on three components — the quality of provisions, the impact of leadership and the learning outcome.

According to her, after considering everything put in place in schools, the question is; are pupils and students acquiring any skills that will make them useful citizens?.

“That is why our major concern is whether the pupils and students are learning when we go out on evaluation. Are they acquiring skills? If they are not, then something is wrong. Is the curriculum meeting their needs?

“We also ask if the learning environment is conducive and if the learners are being supported and encouraged. We also ask if the leadership of the schools are working with relevant stakeholders.

“Our desire is to ensure that pupils and students acquire the necessary skills in primary and secondary schools that will prepare them for advanced study.”

She added that the report for 2014 evaluation was published, while that of 2015 was ready for publication, adding that it would be publish along with that of 2016 once the board concluded coalition of data.