In line with the academic calendar released by the State Ministry of Education for the 2023-2024 academic session, all public primary and junior secondary schools are to commence in-class learning beginning from the first day of school as students resume on Monday, 11, September 2023, the Edo State Universal Basic Education (Edo SUBEB) Chairman, Mrs. Ozavize Salami has said.
As part of efforts by the State Government to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal on citizens, Edo SUBEB had in June 2023 implemented a hybrid school programme that combined three days in-class learning with two days remote learning. This was possible because of the State’s sustained investment in the EdoBEST@Home programme which has proven valuable in disruptive times. The two-days remote learning was further strengthened by the use of individual homework books, made available to over 384,000 basic education students by the Executive Governor as part of the EdoBEST programme, and was supported by an elaborate monitoring and evaluation system manned by trained field officers.
Mrs. Salami emphasized that the return to a five-day in-classroom learning week in the new session would restore the required teacher-pupil contact time, regularise in-person support for pupils as they learn and ultimately lead to improved learning outcomes as modalities have been put in place to ensure a smooth transition back to full in-person learning.
“Last term, we operated the three-day learning week as directed by His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki, as a relief measure for our teachers and education sector leaders. However, from this term, we will be reverting to the five-day school week. We also want parents and guardians to know that with the restoration of the five-day school week, the closing time for both primary also reverts to 2:45 pm,” Mrs Salami said.
The Executive Chairman noted that “in line with the state’s goal of accelerating foundational literacy and numeracy, the EdoBEST programme would be implementing a new strategic and well thought out intervention programme for all children identified to be lagging behind in expected learning outcomes based on their performance in the last academic session. These identified pupils would be administered a baseline test to ascertain their competency levels for the appropriate intervention placement.”
The Edo SUBEB Chair also reiterated that over the course of the new term, a total of over 400 new classrooms, over 9,360 pieces of student and teacher furniture, at least 215 toilet and water projects, and 14,850 meters of fencing would be delivered across 336 schools and directly impacting over 72,000 pupils.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to ensure that their children resume school in the first week as everything has been put in place to receive them and ensure that learning starts on the first day of school. Parents and pupils who resume early are eligible for free eye tests and free reading glasses as has been the practice of Edo SUBEB.