What a ‘State of Emergency’ in education should be like in Nigeria

Published Feb 21, 2018

The deplorable state of public schools in Nigeria calls for a declaration of state of emergency especially at the primary and secondary school levels. Luckily, the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu has revealed that the federal government would declare a state of emergency in the education sector across the country in April 2018.

In the impending declaration, I will like to make the following recommendations:

  • From now henceforth, federal and states governments should appropriate at least 26% of their annual budgets to fund the education sector.
  • Graduates of education should be employed on Grade Level 10 of 8 as contained in the education Minister’s proposal.
  • Massive rehabilitation of existing and construction of new classrooms should be made in all public schools across the country.
  • Teachers posted to rural areas should be paid higher to serve as motivation, as exemplified by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State.
  • All teachers in the public schools across the country should be trained to update their professional knowledge and skills.
  • Computers should be made available to all public schools and computer teachers should be massively recruited to teach computer subjects.
  • Textbooks, exercise books and uniforms should be provided at no cost to all pupils of public primary schools.

“If you educate a child, you educate a nation” - Nelson Mandela.

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Monday Yakubu

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