6 Functions of Universal Basic Education Commission informs you of the functions of UBEC and also outlines its strides geared towards achieving its mandate.
Brief History of the Universal Basic Education Commission
The Universal Basic education board came into being in 1999 and was saddled with the task of providing free, universal, and basic education to Nigerian children of the age range 6-15.
Functions of the Universal Basic Education Commission
The Universal Basic Education Commission performs a number of functions aimed at realizing its mandate.
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Some of the Functions of the Universal Basic Education Commission include:
1. Disbursement of funds released into the sector by the federal government
It is the responsibility of the universal basic education commission to oversee the prompt disbursement of funds channeled by the government into the education sector.
This is because the commission goes a long way to ascertain the current situation of the educational system and thus, knows how best to disburse.
2. It also helps to draft out the master plan for the development of the sector
Being a commission that oversees universal basic education in Nigeria, it also draws and prepares a master plan for key decision-makers in the sector.
This is achieved series of strategic meetings with key stakeholders in the sector. This goes a long way to ensure that there is a coordinated operation.
3. Provision of basic education facilities
It is the responsibility of the universal basic education commission to ensure that the basic facilities that will ease learning are provided for use.
This is only made possible through its series of inspections and supervision aimed at knowing the true status of the sector. Only then can remedial steps be adopted.
4. Advising the federal government on funding and development of the sector
The universal basic education commission helps the government in decision-making, through the art of giving timely information to the government for good policymaking.
5. Timely intervention in the education sector
It has become a major role of the universal basic education commission to timely intervene on issues of serious concern in the sector.
Ranging from the provision of instructional materials to the erection and renovation of dilapidated structures, the universal basic education commission has done nobly in this wise.
6. Routine accreditation of teaching/non-teaching staff
It is the responsibility of the universal basic education commission to routinely ensure accreditation of the teaching and non-teaching workforce in the education sector.
This is to ensure that teachers are highly qualified so they deliver the best to the students while competing fairly with the international community.
In all, universal basic education has played a major role in restructuring the basic educational system in Nigeria. Over the years, the commission has lived up to the expectation prior to its mandate.