The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) says it has distributed 120,622,776 textbooks, library resources and teaching aides to public schools nationwide from 2009 to 2016.
The Commission in a statement made available to The AUTHORITY on Thursday in Abuja, said this was made possible through partnership with State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs), adding that the move seeks to attain a 1:1 pupil/textbook ratio in all public schools within the shortest possible time.
The Commission said the quest to improve on the distribution of the books also prompted a two-day meeting for Directors and Desk Officers in charge of instructional materials in the 36 SUBEBs and FCT UBEB.
Declaring the meeting which took place in Kaduna open, UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, represented by Director Academic Services, Mallam Wadatau Madawaki, harped on the need for proper planning and improved synergy among stakeholders as this will to a great extent improve the modalities of instructional materials provision, availability and utilization in schools.
The statement said the meeting which is part of UBEC’s strategic engagements with key stakeholders in the instructional materials intervention is aimed at attaining the objectives of providing quality and free instructional materials in the basic education sub-sector.
“The major activities of the meeting include the consideration of the report of the assessment of the availability and utilization of Instructional Materials in the 36 States and FCT as well as Findings from ICPC’s Monitoring Reports on the provision of instructional materials across the country,” the statement said.