To compliment the gains from the EdoBest education reforms, the state government yesterday announced it had extended the reform programme to the post primary cadre, while announcing that the government had engaged 3000 teachers for the primary cadre.
Announcing the reforms, the state commissioner for education, Mrs Joan Oviawe in a press briefing in Benin City, said the Edo Best 2.0 Approach was designed to improve on quality of academics in the post primary cadre, create frameworks to coordinate co-curricular activities and improve on school administration.
She said the government was aware of the falling educational standard in the state, as a result of examination malpractice and therefore was working hard to provide both man power and infrastructure needed in the state school system.
“The quality of education students receive in schools has come under scrutiny recently in Edo State due to the high rate of malpractice and misconduct reported during major examination exercises in the state as well as a lack of personnel (teachers) to effectively deliver training across 307 schools dispersed across the state’s 18 local government areas.
“Since 2008, the state has not employed any teacher across the state, but we are happy to say that we have engaged 3000 teachers for the primary and working to engage 1000 teachers for the post primary.
“In order to build on the achievements already seen in the Basic Education Sector Transformation ( Edo BEST ) programme, the state government through the Ministry of Education has been compelled to take decisive action under the EdoBEST 2.0 reform agenda in order to address concerns with secondary education,” she said.