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    14. What is the nature of the Federal Government's Support to the State?

    The federal government, as provided by the UBE Act 2004 has set aside 2% of its Consolidated Revenue fund (CRF) to Support States in the implementation of the UBE programme.

    15. What does the 2% of the CFR amount to in the 2005 and 2006 financial years?

    •  In 2005 it was N24.300billion
    •  In 2006 it is N30.480 billion, and
    •  In the 2007 budget it will be N35 billion

    16. In what manner is the 2% CRF distribute to State?

    The 2% CRF distribute to the State in this promotion:

    •  70% Matching Grant
    •  14% Fund to address Education Imbalance among and within State
    •  5% Fund for the implementation of the home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme (HGSF& HP)
    •  5% Incentive to State for Good Performance
    •  2% Funds for the Education of the Physically and mentally Challenged Children
    •  2% Funds for Monitoring of UBE programmes
    •  2% Implementation Fund.

    17. What are State expected to do in to qualify to access Federal Government's UBE Intervention Fund?

    Among other things State are expected to:

    •  Replicate the UBE Act at the State Level and set up a State Universal Education Board
    •  provide Matching grant to Federal Government intervention funds
    •  Draw up State UBE Action Plans
    •  Establish adequate Mechanisms for programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

    18. What is Matching Grant?

    Matching Grant is fund that is contribute by both Federal and State Government, on equal basis. It is 70% of 2% CRF

    19. In which areas and in what proportion is the matching grant utilized?

    The Matching Grant is utilized in the implementation of programmes as follows:

    •  ECCDE 5%
    •  Primary 60%
    •  JSS 35%

    20. How is the Matching Grant applied?

    The Matching Grant applied as follows:

    •  construction of classroom /furniture etc 7%
    •  procurement of textbooks, instructional materials etc. 15%
    •  Teacher professional development etc.15%

    21. How free is the UBE programme?

    The UBE Act provides that the following should be provided free of charge:

    •  Tuition
    •  Textbook in the 4 and 5 of the core subject areas of Primary and JSS, respectively
    •  Class room and other infrastructural facilities

    22. Which core subject will textbook be provided free of charge?

    •  four of the core subject in primary school are: English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science/Technology and Social Studies
    •  Five of the core subject in junior Secondary schools are: English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science, Basic Technology and Social Studies.

    23. Is the existing curriculum going to change as a result of the introduction of the UBE programme?

    Yes, the curriculum has been changed. A new 9-years Basic Education Curriculum is now in Place.

    24. When is the new curriculum going be implemented?

    The new curriculum will being to be implemented in September 2007, with only primary 1 and JSS1. The old Primary curriculum will be phased out by July 2013 and that of Junior Secondary School in July 2010.

    25. What are the new areas of emphasis in the new 9 year Basic Education Curriculum?

    The new areas of emphasis are:

    •  Value Reorientation
    •  Basic Science
    •  Basic Technology
    •  Computer Science
    •  Teacher of Thinking
    •  Home Economics
    •  Agriculture
    •  Basic Studies and
    •  Civic Education
    •  Moral Instruction
    •  French

    26. What is the mode of assessment in the UBE Programme?

    School-based Assessment or Continuous Assessment (CA) is the dominant mode of assessment of learning under Universal Basic Education Programmed. It determines the progress of the child from one level to another such that failure to meet certain conditions will mean that a child will have to repeat a level.

    27. Who conducts the examination leading to the award of the Basic Education Certificate at the end of JSS3?

    The school based Continuous Assessment constitutes 60% of the overall student assessment while an external examination to be conducted by the State Ministries of Education and Moderated by an approved national examination body, account for the remaining 40%.

    28. What is the Poison of Common Entrance Examination and the School Leaving Certificate under the UBE Programme?

    Under the Universal Basic Education Programme there is no School Leaving Certificate. Furthermore Common Entrance Examination for admission into JSS has been discontinued with effect 2006. certificate is only issued at the end of JSS III. This is known as basic Education Certificates (BEC ).

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