By Abubakar Yabagi
Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has stressed the need to open more opportunities for students with special needs to acquire entrepreneurial and ICT skills in school to make them self-reliant after graduation.
The Team Leader, Federal Government of Nigeria/Universal Basic Education Projects Inspection, Dr. Tom Ohikere, stated this in Minna during the inspection of projects executed under the Niger State Government and Universal Basic Education Matching Grants and Direct Intervention, including the Entrepreneurial and ICT Centres at the Niger State School for Special Education.
He said the inspection was to assess the performance of the Niger State Government at the basic level of education.
The Team Leader commended the Federal and State Governments for focusing on skills acquisition for children with special needs.
The principal of the school, Hajiya Aminat Abdul said the students had the opportunity to acquire handwork including tailoring, carpentry, home management, and ICT skills within one year before their graduation.
Speaking, the Permanent Member I of the Niger State Universal Basic Education Board, Umar Mohammed Alkali said the board was doing everything possible to ensure that students get the support of the government after graduation.
The team also inspected the newly constructed blocks of classrooms in Model Primary School, Maikunkele, Model Primary School, Limawa under Direct Intervention among others.