The state of education in Nigeria calls for a serious concern. Fixing it should now be an emergency!
The Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act (2004) currently provides for nine years of free and compulsory education for every Nigerian child. Yet, 10.5 million primary and secondary aged children are still missing out on an education, the highest number of any country in the world. The numbers of those missing senior-secondary education, not yet mandatory, is unknown.
It will be too traumatizing to add to the above figure, the number of Nigerian children in schools where no learning takes place. As reported by the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), the North West region of Nigeria has about 308 schools with one Arabic teacher each who shamefully can teach neither English nor Mathematics. On the other hand, the regions with acceptable basic education are locked in the misfortune of the non-coverage of secondary schools. Hence, foundations laid from the primary and junior secondary schools are mostly destroyed afterwards.
The demand for improved domestic investment in education and the extension of the federal government's mandate for free, compulsory and quality education up to senior secondary school or its equivalent is one that is germane to the sustainability of the Nigerian entity.
It is now over 304 days since the upper chamber of the National Assembly passed an amendment to the UBE Act and transmitted it to the lower arm. All that can be confirmed currently, is that the 8th National Assembly is still in the process for a ‘thorough’ review of the Act. Laudable as an in depth review may sound, it is pitifully swallowed by the economic costs of National Assembly’s delay.
Confounded by this inaction, we are calling on all concerned citizens to take this action to make the UBE Act Amendment bill become a law as soon as possible.
The socio-economic costs of the 304 days delay is too devastating on Nigeria!