Saturday, 4 August 2018

Cross River British Canadian International School A Model For Other States

By Uchino Amatey

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has described the Britsih Canadian International School, Obudu as a model for other states to replicate. This was revealed during a working visit to the project by the staff of the Commission. 

While taking a tour of the project, the Acting Director physical Planning, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja, Engr Sadiq Saad, said the project was in line with the commission's vision of an ideal model school.

In his words "This school is in line with the thinking of the present leadership of the commission that states should have a shift from the usual blocks of the classroom that they have been known for. We are now shifting to model schools, in terms of the facilities, when you come to a school you find everything there, from the classrooms to other areas. Just like what we are seeing here in this school, they also have facilities for boarding, the cafeteria, hostels are all here. This is the type of vision we have for any model school," he said.

Engr. Saad said the shift to model schools will help solve issues such as access to schools, quality of education and equity, all of which he said are issues affecting the educational system in Nigeria.

According to him "Model schools will have a huge impact on our educational system. I say educational system because the issues in education are not limited to basic education. We are trying to solve the issue of access, providing access, so that you have more people in the schools, you are also trying to see that you solve the problem of quality education. Whatever you are providing in terms of infrastructure down to teachers, they have to be of good quality, and you are also trying to solve the problem of equity. Just like the location here, we may describe it as being disadvantaged compared to Calabar or some of your urban areas here. You know for a community to have this kind of project, in a way you are trying to solve the problem of equity."

While commending governor Ben Ayade for his laudable initiative, Engr Saad said "I must commend the governor for his political will, it's not all governors that have the political will to embark on such projects. Our commission deals with 36 states and FCT so we know, we can tell you the story of every State. For your State, when it comes to basic education, I think your Governor is trying, the political will is there and he needs every support," he emphasized.

He said the reason for his visit was to ascertain the level of work done and furnish a report to the commission to enable them to assist with the next level of funding.

"When you are handling a project like this there are a lot of challenges, the main challenge in any project is funding, that is why we are here to look at the work, when we go back we will report what we have seen on site, I think that will also give our management a picture of what is going on and see how we can assist with the next level of funding," he informed.

Engr. Saad further commended the contractor Jukok International Limited for the quality of work done and charge them on speed up the project execution.

The British-Canadian International School will comprise of the following; tree-lined walkway of 3.4meters (8ft), 3-Storey building classroom blocks of 18 classrooms, male and Female hostels of 40 rooms each, Administration/Assembly building, Clinic, Laboratory, Library, Dining hall, Staff accommodation, Sporting facilities (football, basketball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis and handball courts etc) gatehouse, police post, amongst others.