By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Basic Education says it will increase the running cost of Secondary Schools across the state in the 2022 Appropriation Bill to sustain what it called the impressive performance of Anambra State in education.
The Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Ejike Okechukwu, gave the assurance while scrutinizing the 2022 budget proposal of the State Universal Basic Education Board alongside other members of the committee in Awka.
The lawmaker expressed joy that Anambra State under the Obiano administration had done exceptionally well in basic education, as the state now took first position in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and West African Senior School Certificate Examinations in academic competitions.
He assured the Ministries of Basic Education and ASUBEB that his committee would approve their 2022 budget proposals to enable them to do more next year.
While defending the 2022 budget estimate of ASUBEB, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Patrick Ugboaja, explained that their budget size for 2022 was geared towards the repositioning of basic education through construction and renovation of classroom blocks and procurement of instructional materials in order to create a good learning environment in the state.
The ASUBEB boss also pleaded with the committee to consider the request of the Board to employ four thousand five hundred teachers and one thousand two hundred and ninety-eight non tutorial staff to fill the gap created by lack of teachers in primary schools.
For her part, the Accountant, Ministry of Basic Education, Mrs. Ogonna Osita Okoli, gave an overview of the ministry’s 2021 budget.
She further told the committee that the ministry had achieved forty nine percent of its revenue target for this year, assuring that before the end of the fiscal year, the ministry would hit ninety eight percent of their revenue target.
The Ministries of Environment and Lands, led by their key officials, also defended their 2022 budget proposals before the House committees on Environment and Lands.