The Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) says plans are underway to begin the remodeling of secondary schools in the State. The Chairman, Dr. Stephen Odey disclosed this in Calabar stressing that the project will help schools in the state to measure up according to international best practices.
He stated that the remodeling exercise will include landscaping, perimeter fencing, ICT room, sick bay, water facilities, amongst others. In his words,“we have tried to adopt the modern school approach, as introduced by the Executive Secretary, UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi.
“He came up with the concept of doing a holistic rehabilitation of schools, where all the buildings within the premises of a school will be rehabilitated, furnished with state of the arts facilities and equipped to create a very conducive environment, rather than rehabilitating one classroom block in one school. And that is why in 2016 intervention, we try to bring to bear what UBEC has instructed us to do”. The SUBEB Chairman who commissioned projects in some selected schools in the area, promised to do everything within his reach to ensure that facilities are put on ground to enable the pupil learn.
Some of the schools which the SUBEB chairman monitored and commissioned projects include Holy Child Convent Primary School, Okuku, Yala local government area (LGA) of the state, Holy Cross Primary School, Ugep,Yakurr LGA, Holy Child Convent Primary School, Ikom LGA, and St Benedict Primary School II, Ogoja, where there are ongoing construction of ICT/sick bays. Other schools in the state which also benefitted from the modern school approach include Government Secondary School(GSS) Akim, Calabar Municipality and St Theresa Primary School Ipong, Obudu.
Odey stressed that the board is presently constructing a six classroom storey building with staircase designed to assist the physically challenged in MaryKnoll College, Okuku Yala LGA, Holy Cross Primary School, Ugep, St Theresa primary School Ipong, Obudu LGA, GSS Akim, Calabar Municipality and St Benedict primary school II, Ogoja, Local Government Area of the state.
He added that the Board is constantly improving on the standard of education in the state secondary schools with the supply of computers, solar panels, sporting equipment(table tennis), recreational facilities (merry go rounds, slides) to enable schools in the state meet up with their counterparts in other countries of the world.
Odey who also visited the UBEC Junior Secondary School Yala, in the on-going monitoring of projects and inspection of schools across the state, expressed satisfaction with the standard of education in the school, as well as the appearance of students. The remodeling approach which was introduced by UBEC was carried out under the Board’s 2016 UBE Intervention fund in selected schools across the State.
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