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Oyo Assembly Demands Enforcement of Basic Education Law to Strengthen BESDA Programme

In a bid to improve Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in the state, the Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Education has urged the state government to step up enforcement of the Universal Basic Education Act (2004) and Oyo State Free Compulsory Basic Education Law (2005).

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Oluwafemi Fowokanmi, disclosed this on Tuesday while presenting the report during the plenary, adding that the enforcement of the UBE Act and law will make provision of free and universal basic education compulsory for all children in primary and junior secondary schools in the state.

The Committee, in line with the directive of the State House of Assembly, interacted with the officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion and Oyo State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) to assess the level of implementation of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).

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Hon Fowokanmi expressed that BESDA is a five-year initiative financed by the World Bank to strengthen the basic education programme and curb the menace of Out-of-School Children in Nigeria.
He disclosed that Oyo State, according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted by the United Nations Children Fund in 2016 has the highest number of Out-of-School Children in the southwestern zone of the country.

The senator also urged well-meaning Nigerians, alumni, businesses, and local communities to work with the government to provide school support packages such as uniforms, textbooks, exercise books, sandals, and bags.

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In his recommendations, Hon Fowokanmi appealed to the state government to make the release of funds to run the BESDA programme, sensitisation and awareness to the members of the public, a priority.

The lawmaker also called on well-meaning Nigerians, old students, corporate organisations and communities to join hands with the government in providing school support packages such as uniforms, textbooks, exercise books, sandals and bags for schools.

“The executive arm of government should intensify enforcement of the UBE Act (2004) and Oyo State Free Compulsory Basic Education Law (2005) for further provision of compulsory free, universal basic education for all children in primary and junior secondary school in the state. Government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology should establish schools across the nooks and corners of communities that are deficient in Basic Education schools in the State, an education task force initiative should be inaugurated to reach out to the Out-of-School children and withdraw them from the streets, markets, farms, etc.

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“Establishment of crafts villages and increasing number of vocational centres to engage these children usefully and meaningfully. The School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) and School Governing Boards (SGB) should be made more effective and functional in schools and the state government should also consider scaling up of Home-Grown School Feeding Programme to include all students in primary schools and classes to serve as an incentive for an increase in basic enrolment,” the lawmaker appealed.

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