The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has emphasized the need to strengthen mathematics and science education (SMASE), and phonics training for teachers nationwide.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Hamid Bobboyi, who made the remark at a workshop to build teachers’ capacity in mathematics and science, explained that SMASE and Jolly Phonics have been implemented over 10 years in the country’s Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme.
Represented by Prof. Bala Zakari from the commission, Bobboyi noted that SMASE has been a major programme that has helped in strengthening the study of science and mathematics in basic education.
He said the commission has continuously injected the Teachers Professional Development (TPD) fund into the training of teachers to build their capacity in SMASE.
He said the two programmes have been implemented over 10 years in the UBE programmes. I make bold to say that SMASE has been a major programme that has helped in strengthening the study of science and mathematics in the UBE. In any developed world or nation aspiring for technological development, the priority given to the study of science and mathematics is always high. Nigeria is not left out in this aspiration for technological and scientific advancement.
He noted that after the handing over of the programme, UBEC took it upon itself to continuously inject the TPD fund into training of teachers to build their capacity in SMASE.
The UBEC boss said the jolly phonics programme has been adopted as the flagship programme of the commission on early-grade reading.
He stated that it is important to underscore the relevance of reading in the life of a learner, noting that a learner who is able to read early in life is not likely to drop out and certainly is assured of success as the foundation for further learning and self-development has been built.
Director of Teachers Development in the commission, Aleshin Olumayowa said SMASE is used to train teachers on how to improvise and help learners on science and mathematics.
He added that it also helps teachers to teach the subjects effectively and also enhances assimilation by learners.