The Regional Director for the International Rescue Committee, Professor Oladele Akogun has disclosed that research carried out revealed that several contradictions have hinder the Act’s implementation of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act in the country.
Prof Akogun said the inability of children to attend school due to poverty, loss of essential equipment, or lack of access to school uniforms are parts of the challenges.
He satated this on Wednesday while
presenting the findings of a research project aimed at improving education access in conflict-affected areas, specifically in northeastern Nigeria held in Yola.
The study focused on the implementation of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act, which mandates free, compulsory, and universal education.
The conference brought together key stakeholders in the education sector, including policymakers, researchers, educators, and community leaders, to discuss solutions and improve education access in conflict-affected areas.
The main focus was on clarifying the roles of different stakeholders and developing a comprehensive strategy for implementing the UBE Act.
Professor Akogun called on the government to clarify the role of private schools in providing education as a service to the community, rather than as for-profit institutions.
He also highlighted the need for collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure that all children have access to free, compulsory, and universal education, regardless of their circumstances.
Speqking, Research Manager for Common Heritage Foundation, Mr Sani Luddi has conducted a research for the implementation of the UBE act stated that there is the lack of awareness and enforcement of the UBE Act in Adamawa state.
He said the Act mandates compulsory basic education for all children of basic education age, and stipulates that parents or guardians who prevent a child from accessing basic education are liable to reprimand, fine, and imprisonment.
“However, it appears that this law is not widely known or enforced, as parents or guardians who prevent their children from accessing basic education face no consequences. This has led to a situation where children are denied their right to an education, and parents or guardians are able to evade their responsibilities,” he said.