Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State yesterday commended President Muhammad Buhari for the approval of three billion naira support as education matching grant to the state’s additional three billion naira towards boosting primary school education in the state.
This is as the governor also rewarded the head teacher of Emotan Primary School Benin City, Mrs Noragbon Enogie Osapu with one million naira cash, a brand new saloon car and one month training programme to Toronto in Canada for making the state proud as a winner during a competition to mark this year’s World Teachers Day held in Abuja recently.
In addition, the leadership of the Nigeria Union Teachers (NUT) Edo State branch splashed one hundred thousand naira cash on Mrs Moragbon for the excellent feat.
The President Buhari’s approval of N3bn is to be added to another N3bn which Edo State had set aside from its share of the latest Paris Club refund from the federal government, in order to boost its reform in the primary education sector.
Governor Obaseki stated this during the presentation of 7, 000 digital EDOBEST teachers trained by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to equip them in order to meet global standards and to enhance learning amongst over 150, 000 pupils across 162 primary schools in the state.
He said his administration is poised towards making teachers own their homes, adding the state government would work collaboratively with the NUT to realise the dream housing programme.
While reminding the teachers and stakeholders of the enormous investment in the digital training programme, Obaseki said he is “handing over the lives of more than one million children to them so that they can bring out the best in them for a better society”.
He also promised to ensure the provision of solar electricity power pots to enabke primary school teachers have regular charge for their computer tablets even as he assured the training of all teachers on digital teaching in the next 12 months which cost would be captured in next year’s budget.
The executive chairman, SUBEB, Dr Joan Oviawe, said the digital training exercise for teachers is to build and boost their capacity in order to meet the demands of the 21st century.
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