From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has procured and distributed 1,261 tablets to primary schools even as it has recorded 374,855 attendance of pupils in schools.
Executive Chairman of Kebbi State SUBEB, Prof. Suleiman Khalid, stated this at the public schools verification programme in Birnin Kebbi, held alongside National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to ascertain areas of needs in public primary schools.
“I invite you to note the deployment of technology in our dear state. DLI 7 deals with the deployment of digital attendance and record keeping in schools. Under this programme, our pupils in the state will be daily monitored and this will no doubt assist on tracking and monitoring the attendance, check-in and check-out of pupils and teachers in schools. Today, classroom attendance stood at 374,855 pupils representing roughly 67 per cent of the pupils in primary is monitored digitally across the state.”
Khalid explained that the deployment of digital attendance record keeping would assist the School Based Management Committees, Education Administrators, Local Government Education Authorities and SUBEB to act swiftly on attendance of pupils in schools and ensuring high level of retention of pupils.
He listed some major achievements of the board to include establishment of 5,400 non-formal learning centres made up of the following, 3,943 Interested Qur’anic Schools, 1,751 Girl Child Centres and 156 Nobody Child Centres with a total enrollment of 790,500 learners.
NBS State Officer, Kebbi, Malam Sa’idu Sale said the exercise was expected to cover 17 states.