To kickstart the basic education reform of His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri in Bayelsa State, over 2,000 teachers and headteachers drawn from four local government areas have concluded their BayelsaPRIME Induction training.

BayelsaPRIME, the term for Bayelsa Promoting Reform to Improve and Modernize Education, the flagship basic education reform programme of the Senator Diri-led administration, is set to revolutonarise teaching and learning in Bayelsa State-owned primary schools.

The programme, which is managed by the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education and the Bayelsa State Universal Basic Education Board (Bayelsa SUBEB) will use technology-based teaching methods and proven modern classroom management techniques as tools to improve pupil participation in classroom, learning outcomes and school attendance.

Teachers in the four pilot local governments areas will no longer face the drudgery of preparing lesson notes as proven and effective lessons will be delivered to them through their teacher-tablets weekly. They will also receive continuous support and teacher professional development throughout the school calendar.

Additionally, all data collection processes including marking of teachers and pupils arrivals in schools and recording of examination scores will be carried out through the teacher-tablets. The data will be housed in a server that will support empirical policy making going forward.

“His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri conceptualized this policy in response to challenges facing our educational system,” Dr. Gentle Emelah, the honourable commissioner for education in Bayelsa State said at the graduation ceremony for the teachers.

“Indeed, this is a new dawn for education in Bayelsa State. One thing is sure, our children are going to start learning better with this policy in place. With the implementation of this technology, we can now be sure that our teachers will be in school, and we can also know if they are teaching or not,” he added.

Also speaking at the graduation ceremony, Tsubaleifa Kiekaiesa, a teacher from Government Model School Kiama, thanked Governor Diri for going the extra mile to upskill teachers in Bayelsa State.

“I have been a teacher for many years, but the training I got here cannot be compared with what I have received in the past.

”This is a 100% overhaul. With this training, our classes are going to be extremely interesting for the children. I urge parents to send their children back to government schools so that they can fully benefit from this new pedagogy,” she said.

Schools across Bayelsa State resumed for the second term of the 2022/2023 academic session on 1, February 2023.