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    29. What is the quality assurance framework under the Universal Basic Education Programme?

    To ensure quality, a Continuous Assessment, Instrument has been standardized which is to be applied nationally, with effect from September 2007.

    30. How will primary 6 pupils be placed in JSS?

    Each State Ministry of Education and FCT is required to provide a space for every child who has successfully completed primary six into any of the three junior Secondary School of his or her choice. Where there is no vacancy in any of the three school of the pupil's choice, the state authorities shall offer a space for the child in the nearest available school where there is vacancy.

    31. How will UBE implemented under the existing 6- year Secondary School arrangement?

    Under the new UBE system, JSS should be separated from the SSS, and this is referred to as disarticulation. In other words, the two leaves should be run by two separated administrations and eventually have separate locations, infrastructures etc. the existing 6-years secondary education is in contradiction to the existing policy of 6-3-3-4 and is to be discontinued henceforth.

    32. When did the policy on disarticulation come into effect?

    In 2004 the National Council on Education agreed on a five year disarticulation plan. The disarticulation commenced in 2004 and is expected to be completed by 2009 by both public and private sector providers.

    33. What is the position of federal Government Colleges in the Universal Basic Education Programme?

    The federal government colleges will become senior Secondary School only. However, the existing JSS component will be gradually phased -out by July 2008.

    34. What will classes in primary & JSS be called?

    There is no change of names for classes in primary and junior secondary schools. The classes will still be called primary 1- 6 and JSS I-III

    35. What steps is the federal government taking to ensure the successful implementation of UBE Programme?

    •  federal Government has provided matching grants totaling N38.98b between July 2005 and July 2006 for disbursement to the state as FG UBE intervention fund.
    •  Federal Government is further investing N10b of MDG funds (from the debt relief granted by Paris Club of Creditors) in the following areas:
    •  provision of science kits to primary schools
    •  improvement of teacher quality through in service training for 145,000 teachers conducted by NTI on annual basis.
    •  Recruitment of additional 40,000 holders of Nigeria certificate in education under the FTSC program for a two -year Federal Government guaranteed remuneration.
    •  Programme implementation is guided by well- Articulated quarterly Action plans that ensures that funds Are applied to areas of priority needs.
    •  UBE has an all embracing procedure for monitoring the utilization of disbursed funds and programme Implementation.

    36.  What is the assurance of the success of the UBE programme?

    •  UBE is pivotal to the attainment of and is interlinked with National Economic Empowerment Development strategy (NEEDS), State Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (SEEDS), Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals.
    •  UBE is widely embraced as a critical success factor in attaining national and international commitments,
    •  The program implementation is inclusive of all segments of society; Federal and State government, international Development partners, private Sector Organizations, NGOs CSOs and other stakeholders.
    •  Basic Education stakeholders have accepted the programme and are working tirelessly to assume ownership of the reform programme as a sustainable mechanism for combating illiteracy and poverty reduction.
    •  Necessary funds are being injected into the programme for capacity building, monitoring and evaluation as well as constant review of project performance.
    •  Government has opened up the sub-sector to a wide range of opinions, resources and skills capable of injecting expertise and quality into the programme implementation.
    •  Other efforts are being put in place to ensure that the programme succeeds and the success recorded sustained for the overall benefit of the entire nation.

    37. How do the Operator of the Basic Education fit into the UBE Programme?

    There are certain basic expectations on the private Operators of Basic Education Institutions. There are:

    •  Disarticulating JSS from SSS so as to ensure the existence of two separate administration in existing secondary schools.
    •  Implementation of the 9-year Basic Education curriculum.
    •  Ensure the employment of qualified teachers and their continuous professional development
    •  Providing standard infrastructure
    •  Subject their institution to periodic inspection by State/federal inspectorate services.

    38. What private sector providers access the UBE intervention fund?

     No, the private sector providers will not access the FGN UBE intervention funds because they charge tuition and other variety of fees, which is contrary to the provisions of the UBE act.

    39. What happens to primary 6 completers in private primary school that have no access to JSS owned by the states.

    The SUBEBs have the responsibility of placing of such student in the existing JSS schools.

    40. Are private Basic Education service providers allowed to conduct entrance examination into their institutions?

    Yes, they are free to conduct entrance examination for the purpose of selecting candidate for either ECCDE, primary or JSS schools. However, admission into JSS by basic education service providers must take cognizance of the candidate'

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