Yobe moves to improve learning,  meets 84 SBMCs

To ensure that local communities participate actively in the school decision making process, the Yobe state government Tuesday organised a one-day orientation meeting with 84 batch one School Based Management Committees (SBMCs) across 11 local government areas in the state to support 136 schools to improve on learning outcome.

In his keynote address, the Multi- Sectoral Crises Recovery Project (MCRP) Yobe state project coordinator, Alhaji Musa Idi Jidawa, while speaking at the orientation meeting said when the present administration under Governor Mai Mala Buni came onboard, it  declared state of emergency on basic education and a lot of reforms has taken place and structures have been  put in place.  

He stated that it is also part of the continuation of rescuing the education sector by granting grant to SMBCs as expected as  they are the one that knows all the schools and the critical problems facing the operation of those schools.

He noted that, “The government test you with high regard, integrity and that is after the training conducted recently. It is good that  the funds are now available so that we gather together and remind ourselves of our responsibilities. Our roles on the disbursement of funds and the execution of the sub project that you put in the new schools implemented plans is important.

“The school funds can come from several sources, such as direct funding from the state government in the form of grant or capital alliances, SBMCs members contributions, community contributions/donations, grant from corporate organisations or donors, school investment among others.”

He noted that the meeting dwelled intensively on SMBCs strengthening and partnership, monitoring and supervision, resource mobilisation, sustainability and ensuring accountability.”

The SBMCs members comprises of traditional and religious leaders, education secretaries, community leaders, teachers, school principals and school headmasters across the 11 Yobe LGAs.