The Commission for Universal Basic Education (UBEC) has started the process of carrying out a world-class assessment of basic education in Nigeria to ensure better quality of teaching and learning.
The executive secretary of the commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi made this known during a two-day workshop Wednesday in Abuja.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the workshop theme is âScaling up Assessment for Basic Education in Nigeriaâ.
It is organized by UBEC, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other key stakeholders.
Bobboyi said the workshop has become necessary to develop skills and abilities for more efficiency and sustainability.
He said the workshop was timely, adding that it came when UBEC, in collaboration with UNICEF, had completed the work plan for the 2021/2022 national assessment of learning outcomes in education. basic (NALABE).
He expressed optimism that the workshop would produce the desired outcome for a successful national assessment.
âSo far, UBEC has conducted five national assessments, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2011, in accordance with its mandate.
âThe studies carried out so far have had a great impact on the level of education in Nigeria.
âThe results of these assessments have been used to assess the state of basic education and have helped to propose solutions to some of the constraints and challenges facing the sub-sector,â he said.
Bobboyi stressed that learning assessment is essential for the education sector, adding that it is a major tool to âmeasure the level and progress made in the sectorâ.
He noted, however, that large-scale assessments do not bring improvement unless the results are used to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
The Executive Secretary called for political will to ensure an effective national evaluation policy.
Bobboyi commended UNICEF and other stakeholders for their support to ensure the smooth running of NALABE 2022.
He called for greater collaboration from other stakeholders to consolidate past efforts and chart a better course in line with global best practices.
FEDCO education advisor Dr Mikailu Ibrahim said assessment was essential to achieve access to quality education.
He said periodic assessment of learning at all levels, especially the grassroots level, was essential for planning, adjustment, policy formulation, funding and program review, among others.
He said that the assessment âis a mirror of the state of affairs. It sets out what needs to be improved.
âOne of the main commitments of the FCDO is the improvement of human capital through education.
âWe have been here for decades to support learning and now we are focusing on foundational learning as well as educating girls,â he said.
NAN reports that UBEC was created to formulate policy guidelines for the effective functioning of the universal basic education program.
It also guarantees minimum standards for basic education in Nigeria, while ensuring effective monitoring.