The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said the administration’s education reforms have placed the state in the league of top five states and the only sub-national government in Africa implementing radical changes that have positively transformed the education sector.
Obaseki, who disclosed this while addressing journalists in Benin City, noted that the other education accelerators in Africa are countries, which include Egypt, Rwanda, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.
Governor Obaseki said: “Because we were forced to shut down schools for an extended period, we devised innovative ways to engage children and ensured that they continued to learn while at home.
“Owing to the reforms which we had commenced through the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) programme, we were able to transition to e-learning using the EdoBEST@Home platform.
“Working with our partners and telecoms companies and utilizing our EdoBEST technology platform, virtual classrooms were created and teachers were able to teach children while they were at home.
“This our response through the EdoBEST@home initiative has been applauded globally and it has earned Edo State an award as one of the 5 top education accelerators in Africa, in the league of Egypt, Rwanda, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.
According to him, “At the secondary education level, we are utilizing the learnings and experience gained from EdoBEST to restructure and revamp our senior secondary schools.”
“The Federal Government has approved the establishment of a Federal College of Education (Technical) to train teachers in technical subjects. The school will commence operation in Ekiadolor in the premises of the defunct College of Education, Ekiadolor,” Obaseki added.