By Desmond Mgboh, Kano
The Federal Government on Tuesday in Kano lamented that the growing incident of banditry and terrorism in different parts of the country is compounding the problem of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day meeting of UBEC management and executive chairs of SUBEBs, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu regretted that the two incidents had left many schools in ruins and made it impossible for large numbers of school age. people to achieve their educational goals.
The Minister, who was represented on the occasion by UBEC Executive Secretary Dr. Hamid Boboy, also cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a factor that led to the closure of schools across the country during some time.
He, however, underlined that despite the three major challenges, the education community and relevant stakeholders remained determined to save the day.
Adamu recalled that during the pandemic, the federal government, in a short time, set up an e-learning portal, which was later complemented by the UNICEF-supported learning passport.
“It is also heartening to see the resuscitation of open and distance learning through radios and television, undertaken by almost all the states of the Federation with the support of UBEC,” he said.
He further revealed that the Federal Government, through the World Bank, has released more than N107 billion to the States to combat the phenomenon of non-enrolment, adding that arrangements are currently being made to transferring the sum of N89 billion to support the program at the state level.
He reiterated the federal government’s commitment to addressing other aspects of education in the country, insisting that it was only recently that the president enacted the harmonized retirement age for teachers in the country. Nigeria as well as the Teachers Act.
These new laws, he noted, were intended to protect the careers and welfare of teachers and to elevate the status of the teaching profession with the ultimate goal of ensuring that students acquire a quality education.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appreciated the efforts of the federal government in the education sector, while recalling that his administration had introduced free and compulsory basic and secondary education in an attempt to solve the problem of access to education.
Represented by his deputy, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, he admitted that the introduction of free education in the state had put a huge cost on the state resources, but assured that the state government not would only facilitate access to education for all, but would ensure that the highest quality of education was made available to students in the state.