Num­ber of out of school chil­dren poses threat to ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion – Wike

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Yusha’u A Ibrahim

The Su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter for ed­u­ca­tion, Bar­ris­ter Nye­son Wike has lamented that the oc­cur­rence of large num­ber of out of school chil­dren has posed a chal­lenge to the na­tion’s hope for the at­tain­ment of higher lev­els of un­der uti­liza­tion of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

The min­is­ter dis­closed this weekend at the cer­e­mony for the con­struc­tion of the UBE spe­cial vo­ca­tional school in Evw­ereni, Delta State, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion, signed by the com­mis­sion’s pub­lic re­la­tion of­fi­cer, Mr. David E. Apeh.

“With­out any doubt, the in­ci­dence of a large num­ber of out of school chil­dren in our coun­try has posed a chal­lenge to our quest for the at­tain­ment of higher lev­els of un­der uti­liza­tion of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion,” the min­is­ter said.

He de­scribed ed­u­ca­tion as a ver­i­ta­ble tool for fight­ing against poverty, dis­eases and var­i­ous so­cio-cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges.

Rep­re­sented by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the min­istry, Dr. Macjohn Nwobiala, the min­is­ter said ef­forts have been made to en­sure in­clu­sive­ness in UBE de­liv­ery through pri­or­ity in­ter­ven­tions which tar­gets seg­ments of Nigeria’s school-age pop­u­la­tion.

He said even though sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made in this re­spect, a large propo­si­tion of the school aged pop­u­la­tion is still out of school.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (UBEC) Al­haji (Dr) Dikko Suleiman said FG through the com­mis­sion and in part­ner­ship with the na­tional im­ple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee on the in­te­gra­tion of out of school boys in the South-East and South-South States is es­tab­lish­ing a UBE spe­cial vo­ca­tional school in each of the 11 states of the zones.

Su­laiman said the ob­jec­tive of pro­vid­ing such schools is to en­sure that the chal­lenge of func­tion­al­ity of ed­u­ca­tion for seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion that is vo­ca­tion­ally minded is prop­erly ad­dressed.

Pupils of the Royal Rain­bow In­ter­na­tional School Lugbe, Abuja dur­ing the 2nd Cul­tural Day of the School.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.