Governor Godwin Obaseki has revealed that not less than N6b including counterpart funding have been spent in providing infrastructure for public primary schools in Edo state in the last three years.
This was disclosed by the Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Joan Oviawe on Tuesday at an interaction with the media to signal the third year anniversary of the launch of EdoBEST (Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation) where she said not less than seven million education materials including text books and others have been distributed to students.
She said “What has been out into the reform efforts by the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration is unquantifiable in terms of human and material resources but the key thing is the effort that has been put in because the governor is a data driven decision maker so every decision that is taken is backed by facts.
“In the area of infrastructure, I will say at least N6b in state and counterpart funding has been expended in infrastructure. We already know the cost to have every child in the classroom include the training of the teachers, the smart phones that the head teachers use to sync with the tablet of the teachers, the text books and other education materials are there so when the governor in 2017 said if he has N100 he will prefer to spend N40 on basic education, I believe he has done that.
“Basic education remains free and the government has been providing instructional materials since 2018. Over 7 million text books, instructional materials and examination papers have been distributed to all our pupils.”