FME-UBEC-BESDA Trains Sector Plan Assessors and Moderators from NIEPA

Reducing rising out-of-school rates, increasing equitable access to basic education (girls and the internally displaced), improving the literacy rates and strengthening accountability rates in Nigeria are some of the objectives which Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) set out to achieve from its onset.As stated by Hajia Amina Haruna, one of the three pillars of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) program is Accountability for Results which is expected to strengthen and improve basic education delivery systems.

The FME-BESDA coordinator in her remarks during a 2-day training for the Verification of State Medium Term Basic Education Sector Plan (SBMTESP) for Assessors and Moderators from NIEPA, Ondo. She posited that the need arose to carry out adetailed assessment of the MTBESP 2017-2019 from 36 states and submit a comprehensive report of the findings of the assessment including scores for each state and recommendations to aid improved planning by states. According to Hajia Haruna, several organizations, consortiums, consultants etc. put in for this assignment which required high level of professionalism and objectivity, therefore, the need for independent verifiers of State Education Sector Plans to ensure accurate assessment, justice for each state, credible process devoid of any form of sentimentswas paramount. She hinged the choice of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA NIGERIA), a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Education domiciled in Ondo City, Ondo Stateto carry out this all-importantnational assignment was based on its visible strides in the basic education sector under the leadership of the Director General, Professor Olivet Jagusahmni.

BESDA is a Universal Basic Education implemented programme supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education. It is unique in that it operates on a programme for result mechanismi.e., the beneficiary determines what they get. Money will be disbursed based on performance after verification thereby underlining the delicate nature of the exercise.

Also speaking at the training verification exercise, Dr. Simeon Ogbonna, a UBEC Consultant added that validated instruments will be used in assessing SESP submitted by each state. He explained that established theories and authorities on what a plan should contain do not count in assessing state plans, rather is to the extent these plans meet the desired blueprint based on the objective indicators for assessment. 

 

Other agencies like National Population Commission and National Bureau of Statistics are also conjoined in this national assignment. This is to geared towards achieving an objective and balanced outcome of the verification process. It should be noted here that it took over two weeks to validate the instruments for verification submitted by these organizations while NIEPA’s instruments passed the test in matter of hours without much ado.