We recorded significant achievements despite COVID-19 challenges — Oyo SUBEB chairman

Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni  Aderemi  Adeniran, has said though the year 2020 was challenging because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the commission can still point at some significant achievements.

Dr Adeniran made this disclosure on Tuesday, at a press briefing in his office while unfolding activities embarked upon by Oyo SUBEB on assumption of office in June 2019.

Highlighting achievements of the board, the SUBEB chairman said the commission met 54 projects on groundbut completed 41, adding that five of the remaining 13 projects at varying degrees of completion were already being put to use by pupils.

Dr Adeniran said notwithstanding COVID-19, Oyo SUBEB also successfully completed five model schools, renovated 57 blocks of classrooms, distributed sports equipment across primary schools in the state, as well as printed posters for creation of awareness on COVID-19.

Among the achievements recorded by the board, according to Dr Adeniran, was also the introduction of reading and writing for pupils in primary schools in the state following policy formulation and enactment by the board, and with the supervision of the state Ministry of Education.

“No matter how remote a school is in Oyo State, the SUBEB chairman will always be there. We engage in regular monitoring of schools in the state,” Dr Adeniran said.

Oyo SUBEB boss also listed the introduction of ‘Learning on Air’ as well as ‘open house’ in the state public schools as achievements of the commission in the past one year.

He explained that ‘Learning on Air’ engaged pupils across the state during the lockdown, but said  ‘open house’ would ensure interactions between teachers and parents because according to him, most of the teachers  did not know the backgrounds of their pupils, and even what they do at their homes after school.

Dr Adeniran said Oyo SUBEB also organised training on management of COVID-19 for head teachers, which he said prepared them for the management of COVID-19, noting that the board also distributed Information Communication Technology (ICT) materials in four primary schools with adequate security measures.

He added that the federal teachers’ scheme programme of SUBEB also took place in 2020.

The SUBEB chairman hinted that recruitment into the SUBEB would be in the first quarter of 2021, and also disclosed that the number of enrolment in the state primary schools was increased in 2020.

Dr Adeniran, particularly, thanked the Oyo State governor, Seyi  Makinde, for giving the board the much-needed support, which he said ensured successful  execution of projects  by the board.

He said the House of Assembly had approved N1.5 billion counterpart funds for 2020 as loan for repayment on a regular basis, while the counterpart fund for 2018 and 2019 had also been paid.

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