Ekiti State has provided 7.8 billion naira in matching funds to the Commission for Universal Basic Education (UBEC) over the past three years to attract quality projects to its public schools.
The money paid covered seven years, from 2015 to 2021, Deputy Governor Chief Bisi Egbeyemi told Isan-Ekiti on Monday.
Egbeyemi made the remarks during the inauguration of school projects in Isan Ekiti in the development area of the local council of Ifesowapo and in Ewu Ekiti in the local government area of Ilejemeje on behalf of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
“Over the past 36 months, we have introduced a multi-pronged approach to tackle the issues that militate against access to free, quality basic education in the state,” he said.
He assured that the government would continue to make public schools attractive to parents and students.
Egbeyemi said the government’s huge investment in education over the past three years has resulted in very encouraging enrollments in public primary and secondary schools.
He explained that enrollment in public primary schools, which stood at 106,271 when the administration was created in 2018, increased to 241,982 in 2021.
Enrollment in public secondary schools increased from 84,146 in 2018 to 109,140 in 2021, he added.
Egbeyemi also said that the number of technical school enrollments increased from 700 in 2018 to 2,021 in 2021 following the overhaul and provision of advanced equipment to boost vocational education.
He noted that the government has also committed huge resources for the training and retraining of teachers and school support administrators, more than 15,000 of them benefiting from capacity building programs.
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The vice-governor added that more than 600 new teachers were recruited to fill vacancies and to strengthen the manpower needs of public schools during the period under review.
NAN reports that the inauguration of the renovated classroom blocks was part of the activities marking Governor Fayemi’s third year in office.
Previously, the commissioner in charge of project management at the State Council for Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), Dr Kayode Adeoye, welcomed the government’s progress in the education sector during for the past three years.
He said the state government has shown a strong commitment to finding lasting solutions to the various problems plaguing the education sector.
Dr Adeoye represented the President of SUBEB, Professor Femi Akinwumi, on the occasion.
He urged parents and guardians to send their children to public schools to ensure that they benefit from the investments made in the sector.
Dr Adeoye said that the UBEC / SUBEB collaboration in Ekiti State resulted in the construction of 120 blocks of new classrooms, 208 blocks of VIP toilets with water supply system and more than 215 perimeter fencing.
Others are, the drilling of more than 86 motorized boreholes in schools, the renovation of 423 blocks of classrooms and more than 20,000 units of school furniture.
“In May of this year, the state government launched another round of 400 UBEC / SUBEB projects.
“These projects are at various stages of completion.
“No less than five primary schools and five model colleges have been established in the state by the administration headed by Fayemi.
“Efforts are underway to build three more model colleges as part of efforts to improve access to quality education,” said Dr Adeoye.