Nigeria Commits To Reducing Number Of Out-Of-School Children

Nigeria On Out Of School ChildrenThe Federal Government says Nigeria is committed to reducing the number of out of school children by the year 2030.

The declaration follows prediction by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that Nigeria may not achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for education by 2030.

This was revealed in a report launched on Monday in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, at a gathering of experts, government officials and other key players in the education sector.

The Global Education Monitoring Report for 2016, prepared by UNESCO, stated that Nigeria might not achieve universal primary education until 2070.

The report examined how countries would achieve the target and also checked the present status of countries on education globally and where they would be by 2030.

The Director at UNESCO’s Abuja Regional Office, Benoit Sossou, called for increased access to quality basic education as a way of addressing the problem.

Mr Adamu, however, reaffirmed that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring Nigeria meets the 2030 target by reducing the number of out of school children.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukiah, also insisted that the 2030 education agenda is achievable with the concerted efforts of all Nigerians.

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had in August expressed worry over the number of out of school children in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, raised the concern at a meeting with Heads of State Universal Basic Commissions across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that increasing the number of children in schools was a priority for the Federal Government, stressing that there was no justification for any child not to be enrolled into the basic education scheme.

UBEC Boss Decries Number Of Out Of School Children

UBEC Decries Number Of Out Of School ChildrenThe Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has expressed worry over the number of out of school children in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, raised the concern on Wednesday at a meeting with Heads of State Universal Basic Commissions across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He stressed that increasing the number of children in schools was a priority for the Federal Government.

Dr. Bobboyi stated that there was no justification for any child not to be enrolled into Nigeria’s basic education scheme.

He called on state governments to bridge the gap by ensuring the enrollment of children, adding that the basic education funds must be used judiciously.

FG To Recruit 500,000 Teachers Into Basic Education Sector

Adamu Adamu, Education, TeachersThe Federal Government has restated its commitment to revamping Nigeria’s education sector through the recruitment of 500,000 teachers into the basic education sector across the country.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the disclosure at the launch of the 2015 teacher development training programme in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that the Federal Government places a high premium on the training of teachers and education managers at the basic level.

The Minister decried the inability of some state governments and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) to promptly access matching grants and other non-conditional grants from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

He also expressed worry at the huge gap between the number of teachers required and the current number available in the basic education sector.

The Minister stated that the total number of teachers needed to strengthen the basic education sector was 1.3 million in six years.

He expressed hope that the teachers’ recruitment would no doubt fast-track the revamping process, especially with the cooperation of state universal education boards.

In their remarks, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and the President of The Albino Foundation, Mr Jake Epelle, called for the continuous training of teachers.

An education specialist from the World Bank, Mr Afebayo Solomon, pledged support for the development of basic education in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Dikko Suleiman, on his part, highlighted government’s efforts in revamping the education sector.