Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Hamid Bobboyi, says UBEC is in the process of conducting another personnel audit of all basic educational institutions in Nigeria.
He said the first phase of the exercise would commence on June 6 in the southern part of the country.
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He said this in Abuja yesterday at the consultative meeting of the National Planning Committee on the 2022 National Personnel Audit (NPA) with religious leaders on the modalities for the conduct of the exercise.
Bobboyi, represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary (Services), Isiaka Kolawole, said the exercise was to collect school data on enrolment, personnel and facilities, among others.
He said dearth of data on basic education had remained a major challenge to its implementation in Nigeria.
He recalled that UBEC, with the State and FCT Universal Basic Education Boards, conducted national personnel audits in 2006, 2010 and 2018.
He said the 2018 exercise was more comprehensive as it covered all categories of public and private education institutions unlike the previous exercises limited to public schools.
He asked traditional rulers and religious leaders to support the efforts towards reducing the number of out-of-school children estimated at 10.5 million.
The Secretary-General of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Joseph Daramola, said the government should return the mission schools, both Christian and Muslims, to the original owners to bring back morals.