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FG to overhaul education sector – Minister

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was committed to overhauling the education sector for better results. The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman (SAN),…

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was committed to overhauling the education sector for better results.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman (SAN), said this in Ikeja, while delivering the keynote speech at the Ministerial Session of the 67th National Council on Education (NCE) meeting.

The theme of the 67th NCE meeting is ”Addressing the Challenges of Policy Implementation: A Panacea for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda”.

Mamman said that the government would reduce out-of-school children to seven per cent by 2034. He said that the Federal Ministry of Education would focus on improving access to Basic Education/Out-of-School Children, as a priority.

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According to him, it is a right of every Nigerian child to have access to basic education, and part of government’s responsibility is to ensure that every child of school age attends basic education.

He said that according to a World Bank report, 13 million children, aged 6-14 (25 per cent OOS rate) were out of school, and this put Nigeria among the nations with the largest number of out-of-school children globally.

Mamman said that in the same vein, only 25 per cent of children in the same age group were proficient in reading and numeracy, while 39 million children could not read and write.

“This simply implies that we need great improvement to strengthen the system and service delivery at the basic education level.

“The interventions and initiatives of development partners such as the World Bank, UNICEF, and UNESCO targeted funding and conditional transfer initiatives have helped to reduce the number of out-of-school children, skills and literacy improvement.

“Although these interventions have led to a considerable increase in enrolment, infrastructure and quality of service delivery, we still need to re-examine the system critically and proffer workable solutions.”

In his address, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said that the state had made tremendous progress in the education sector and the various initiatives were yielding positive results.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Primary and Basic Education, Mr Jamiu Alli-Balogun, enjoined delegates at NEC meeting to share insights from the perspectives of their various states, identify and embrace strategies that had yielded the desired results.

The meeting had in attendance Commissioners for Education from the states of the federation, examination bodies, and regulatory bodies in the sector, among others. (NAN)