To monitor and mentor teachers
Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in line with its Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation(Edo BEST) initiative has taken a step to strengthen the supervision and mentoring of teachers in public primary schools through the selection and training of teachers who volunteered to be Quality Assurance Officers and Learning and Development Officers.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education and Acting Chairman, Edo SUBEB, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, said many outstanding teachers in public primary schools after volunteering were interviewed, those shortlisted were invited to participate in this training. Explaining that the decision is linked with the state government’s strategy to strengthen the inspectorate arm of the primary education sub-sector for better monitoring and mentoring of teachers.
She stated that by September this year 52% of public primary schools across the state would be included into the Edo BEST programme covering KG – Pry 6. Therefore, the need for effective monitoring and the daily review of teachers’ activities in schools will be properly implemented.
On the specific roles of the Quality Assurance officers, Ag. Chairman SUBEB, said “They are to visit schools every day, to monitor daily review of teachers’ activities, take inventory of teaching aids and facilities and send their reports using the technological devices provided to them.
She said that “As part of Governor Obaseki’s Edo BEST initiative, a new role has been created in the sector, called Learning and Development Officers. These officers will be trained to become the Edo-BEST trainers and mentors of teachers.
According to her, “Once a Quality Assurance Officer visits a school and identifies areas of improvement, the Learning and Development Officer will visit the same school to provide continuous training and support to teachers. Thus, effectively providing on-the-spot training and mentoring for teachers who need it instead of waiting months or even years to address the problem through a seminar or professional development training.
She said the new officers will be deployed on a ratio of one Quality Assurance Officer to 10 schools and one Learning & Development Officer to 10 schools.
Finally, she said “our goal in SUBEB is to professionalize the teaching corps, restore the prestige of the teaching profession in Edo state, and work with our teachers to be the best in Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa and indeed, top 10 in the world.
PHOTO CAPTION: Quality Assurance Officers and Learning & Development Officers training sessions