THE Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commenced the 2022 National Assessment of Learning Achievements in Basic Education (NALABE) for Cross River schools.
Mrs Zipporah Panguru, Team Lead for 2022 NALABE in Cross River, said on Wednesday in Calabar that the 3-day exercise would hold in some selected public and private primary and junior secondary schools.
Panguru said the essence of the exercise was to assess learners’ performance.
He said the aim was to know if the money the federal and state governments were investing in education sector was yielding the desired results.
According to her, if yes, they would improve on it and if no, it will enable government at all levels adopt strategies that will address the challenges.
“The students will be tested in four core subjects of English, Mathematics, Social studies and Basic science, however, this exercise is not for fault finding but to test the learner’s ability.
“80 schools have been selected in the state and the test will be administered to 30 learners from Primary 3 to 5 and those in JSS 2,” she said.
Sen. Stephen Odey, Executive Chairman, Cross River Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said NALABE was important for the development of the basic education sector.
Odey, who was represented by SUBEB’s Director of Administration, Mr Etta Inyang, enjoined field officers to conduct the exercise diligently to ensure a realistic and authentic outcome.
“Your reports have to reflect the true position of things in the field, those who compromise will be hindering the development of the basic education sector in the state.
“NALABE is a feedback mechanism tool that will enable government address challenges where any in teaching and learning,” Odey said. (NAN)