The Edo Government has announced that it has distributed a total of 3.3 million books to 848 primary and 306 junior secondary schools in the state. The announcement was made by the state chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs Ozavize Salami, during the unveiling of the books as part of activities to mark the Edo Education Week in Benin.
Of the 3.3 million books distributed, 1.8 million were given to public primary schools in the state between 2018 and 2022. The remaining 1.5 million books will be distributed to schools across the state, with one million going to primary schools and over 500,000 going to junior secondary schools.
Mrs Salami stressed the importance of instructional materials in improving education and learning and noted that the state government is doing its best to improve the education sector in the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki has spoken out against criticisms directed at him and his government on social media, despite their efforts to make the state progressive. He stated that there have been significant improvements in the state’s schools and the transformation of the school system into a learning system.
He further noted that the state is committed to sustaining the EDOBEST initiative, which has impacted over 370,000 children in the state. The governor also acknowledged the support of parents, teachers, and education managers, stating that they would work together to ensure the initiative’s success.