1 The Edo government is to recruit 1,000 teachers for secondary schools in the state under the EdoSTAR scholarship as part of the post-basic education sector reform.
2 Dr. Joan Osa-Oviawe, state education commissioner, made the announcement Friday in Benin as he briefed reporters on the launch of secondary education reform in the state.
3 This recruitment, she said, would be in addition to the 3,000 teachers already hired for the state’s primary and secondary schools.
4 According to her, the action is to address the current shortage of teachers towards a high quality education offer.
5 The commissioner said the reform aims to prepare students to meet performance expectations in an ever-changing workplace in order to stay relevant.
6 Under the reform, she said, 60% of activities in schools would be for teaching, learning and instruction time, 24% for extracurricular activities while 16% would be for brain stimulation activities for students.
seven She also revealed that a digital learning model would be introduced across the state, starting with 40 pilot schools in partnership with UNICEF.
8 “The quality of education that students receive at school has recently come under scrutiny in Edo State due to the high rate of misconduct and misconduct reported during major drills. in the state, as well as the lack of staff to effectively deliver the training in 307 schools scattered across the state’s 18 local government areas.
9 “In order to build on the achievements already seen under the Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme, the state government has been compelled to take decisive action under the EdoBEST 2.0 reform to address concerns about secondary education,” she said.
ten Osa-Oviawe explained that the school calendar was designed to ensure that students learn for at least 400 to 450 lesson periods each term.
11 “The reform will implement a uniform schedule that ensures classes are taught just about anywhere, reduces the possibility of class conflicts among instructors, and maximizes the use of limited teaching staff and resources.
12 “Implement a uniform curriculum and scripted lessons to lead teachers in classes delivered universally across the state and maintain a high standard of teaching and learning.
13 “To facilitate the establishment of classroom libraries in all classrooms across the state with the goal of encouraging students to use libraries more and learn to manage books,” the commissioner said.
14 Regarding the deplorable state of schools in the state, Osa-Oviawe said that the current government inherited a large number of dilapidated schools, but was looking for collaborative efforts to strengthen funding for education, especially in the area of infrastructure renewal.
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