Zamfara SUBEB Commits to Closer Classroom Monitoring
Ministries of Education and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) have continued to improve the quality of learning in the classroom, backed by relevant government reform initiative and policies. Part of international development support involves visits and on the spot assessments of classroom activities in target schools. This offers a third-party view on the classroom situation and a stronger perspective to suggest improvements that will help state actors sustain their reforms. In a recent School Visitation exercise in Zamfara state, TDP visited four schools including the Sarkin Hausa Model Primary School in Bungudu as well as the Army Primary School in Tudun Wada, Gusau.
Following the visits, the team shared its observations with the SUBEB Chairman and called for a closer monitoring between the SUBEB and School Head Teachers in the state, as well as prompt payment of allowance to TDTs. According to the National Programme Manager, TDP will continue to support Zamfara SUBEB in its efforts to deliver quality learning to pupils.
‘You need to think of how to bring the N-Power and Corp Members who are teaching, up to speed. You also need to improve activity-based learning. But the teachers are a lot more confident now. Children are more knowledgeable than we think. These kids show they now know the sounds. So, we will encourage you to ask teachers to stay back after school for an hour or two to prepare for the next day’s lesson and help them with word formation and the meanings. Also, please use more of the Teacher Facilitators in your School monitoring.’
The NPM commended Zamfara for the progress it has made. The Chairman of Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Murtala Adamu Zangebe, remained upbeat and committed to ensuring that the state continues to increase its gains from the school improvement reforms it is delivering.
‘We have moved on from the stage of inertia, to somewhere where activities are happening in classrooms. What we have to do is to sustain the support we are giving to teachers. We will continue to support them. We know the problems and we are solving them. Schools in Zamfara will continue to improve.’
He promised to increase the number of his assessment visits to the schools.