EdoBEST: Parents count gains as 2021/22 academic session ends

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An EdoBEST teacher and a parent at Asoro Primary school
A teacher and a parent at Asoro Primary school
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Parents and guardians of children in EdoBEST schools have applauded Governor Godwin Obaseki for his basic education sector transformation reform programme encapsulated in EdoBEST 2.0. 

At the Parents-Teachers conferences (PTC) held in 1,313 schools across Edo state to mark the official end of the 2021/22 academic session, parents and guardians who thronged into schools to discuss the progress of their children and chart a way forward spoke glowingly about the basic education sector reformation strategy of the governor while also expressing appreciation to teachers for being the bedrock of the reform.

Mrs. Sarah Oloyede, the mother of an ECCDE 3 pupil at Asoro Primary School, while reviewing her daughter’s report sheet with a class teacher, noted a marked improvement compared to last term. 

“I have been following my daughter’s performance throughout this term. I am really happy with the results. I must really commend the class teacher for her patience. I also appreciate the method EdoBEST is using that encourages pupils to read from a tender age,” Mrs Oloyede said.

PTC was introduced in state-owned schools in Edo state as part of basic education reform. The conference provides an opportunity for parents to have face-to-face conversations with their children’s teachers as they work together for general improvement in pupils’ learning outcomes. 

Mrs Joy Anyalewechi whose daughter is a student at Oredo Girls’ Secondary School thanked the teachers for a wonderful session.

She said, “I am impressed that despite missing weeks on medical grounds, my daughter has been able to pick up this term. I was initially worried about how her absence from school would  impact her performance  but the teacher helped her make up for the losses.”

Speaking on the student’s performance over the term Mrs. Mary Otohile, a primary 5 teacher at Asoro Primary School expressed delight in the improved performance of pupils in her class. 

She attributed this to the continuous use of digital learning resources, teacher professional development and standardised classroom techniques adopted because of EdoBEST. She also enjoined parents to be more involved in their children’s academic development.

“This past term, the children performed better than before and this must be sustained in the coming session. I have asked parents to engage their children this holiday. We have a lot of learning resources and platforms like EdoBEST@Home that they can use in keeping them engaged. This will also allow parents to be more involved in their children’s studies and with this, we will see improvements in the coming term.”

“Since we were fully integrated into the EdoBEST programme, we have noticed an increase in the learning abilities of our students. They are more attentive in class while participating extensively in each lesson. I am excited to see this improvement across other terms and sessions”, she said.

In January 2022, the World Bank estimated that 89% of children in Africa are unable to read and understand a simple text. Edo state adopted a homegrown solution to tackle learning deficits as early as  2018. The solution called EdoBEST has led to a significant improvement in pupils’ learning outcomes in state-owned primary schools.

In 2021, Governor Obaseki expanded the programme to junior secondary schools and tertiary institutions in a bid to further spread the games of the programme. Over 300,000 pupils concluded the 2021/22 session in primary and junior secondary schools.

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