By Aliyu Garba Zaria
Stakeholders at a town hall meeting unanimously questioned the impact of the universal basic education and states universal basic education boards interventions towards resolving the numerous challenges of education at the grass roots level sighting accountability and efficiency issues.
This was during an interactive session on the UBEC/SUBEB Intervention in three local governments of kaduna state namely kauru ,kubau and Zaria.,at a town hall meeting organised by the resource center for human Rights and civic education with support of MacArthur foundation held in Zaria on Sunday.
Addressing the opening session of the meeting the Executive director CHRICED Represented by Mr Armsfree Ajanaku said the basic education sector is seriously challenged in many communities due to poor infrastructure and lack of required inputs to make learning possible.
“We see this realities every day in school buildings without roofs, classrooms without furniture, the absence of functional toilets and running water creating hygienic crisis which jeopardises the health of children’ he lamented.
The director pointed out that communities must rise on the level of their participation to monitor school activities in their midst to achieve greater impact.
He stressed that governments devotees public funds for functional education but lamented that many communities turned their in ensuring that the resources are being used effectively and efficiently.
“Community members are the ones experiencing the problems the most, have information about the challenges of basic education delivery in their communities and should strive to salvage the sector from collapse through effective and proper monitoring of school activities among them’ he said.
The interactive town hall meeting was attended by various education stakeholders in kaduna state including officials of the state universal basic education board, traditional ruler’s,religious and community leaders and the public.