The Federal Ministry of Education has organized a review meeting on harmonizing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to eliminate disparities in its quality and standards nationwide.
The 5th edition of the two-day meeting which kicked off Wednesday in Ilorin is for Registrars and Chief Executives of States and FCT Review Bodies.
The director of the Basic Education Department of the Federal Ministry of Education, Folake Olatunji-David, said the meeting would provide another opportunity to take stock of progress and shortcomings in the education sector.
Ms. Olatunji-David, represented by Deputy Director of Junior Secondary Education, Edith Osanyinpeju, said the meeting was aimed at harmonizing BECE procedures by aligning with education policy guidelines in all states.
“It is to advance the course of integrated national development.
“We want to ensure that the basic education level test instrument is generally at the same level and that the basic education certificate obtained is universally acceptable for admission to any upper secondary school country cycle.
“Thus, I direct all State Registrars/Directors and FCT Examination Bodies to refocus, develop and establish workable traditions that would help achieve effective and sustainable BECE harmonization and standardization across the board. nationwide,” she said.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Commission for Universal Basic Education, Hamid Bobboyi, said that the commission attaches great importance to achieving better learning outcomes for lower secondary learners at BECE.
Mr. Bobboyi, represented by Deputy Director, Quality Assurance, Federal Ministry of Education, Alhaji Abdulquadr Ibrahim, said the quality of learning outcomes at this level can affect learners’ performance at higher education level. , which has a significant impact on education as a whole. system.
Kwara Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Kemi Adeosun said that as the BECE is the minimum compulsory certificate in Nigeria, it is important to give the conduct of the exam due consideration to unify its results.
“It’s the base of Nigeria today and we have to strive to get it right from the start.
“The meeting is a necessity to streamline the conduct of the review and to deliberate on best practices and encourage all States, including the FCT, to adopt the same modality to improve baseline review activities,” said she declared.
In her remarks, the Director of Curriculum and Assessment of the Kwara Ministry of Education, Risiqat Raji, said the meeting will foster proper synergy and cooperation among staff in planning, organizing and standardizing the conduct of BECE each year.
She stated that the State, as one of the States experienced in conducting BECE, was ready to partner with other relevant stakeholders through relevant procedures, information sharing aimed at ensure quality education and learning.
Dr. Ayodele Asebiomo, University of Abuja, who delivered a presentation at the meeting, urged the government to invest more in basic education to combat the scourge of social vices.
He said investing in education would save government and society more than anyone could imagine.
Other participants in the meeting were Hamdalat Shagaya, Deputy Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Ministry of Education, Kwara, and Abdullateef Idiagbon who represented the President, Kwara SUBEB, Professor Shehu Adaramaja.
The meeting was organized by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Kwara Ministry of Education and the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).