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FG to enroll out-of-school children to school

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Estimates show there are over 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria.

Nigerian Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman has revealed that the Ministry of Education has devised a plan aimed at ensuring that all of Nigeria 20 million out-of-school children are reintegrated into the education system within the next four years. He stated this during the 2024 budget defense in front of the joint committee of the National Assembly on Education in Abuja, highlighting the immense challenge it posed for the nation. Moving beyond primary and secondary education, he said there is a pressing need for tertiary level graduates equipped with valuable skills and aptitude, empowering them to actively contribute to the overall advancement of the country.

Prof. Mamman pointed out the necessity of producing employable graduates who meet employers’ expectations due to the prevalent dissatisfaction with the quality of education provided by universities and polytechnics. The main focus of the government and the ministry, he said, revolves around addressing these crucial areas within their policy framework. He stated that their efforts focused on providing an opportunity for a significant number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, estimated at around 20 million or maybe more, to return to school.

House expressed deep concerns regarding the alarming increase.

He gave assurances on empowering those unable to return to school with short yet effective skill-building programs. This will provide them with opportunities and enable them to connect with society and have a promising future. The minister also mentioned that the ministry has collaborated with stakeholders to carefully evaluate Nigeria school curriculum, ensuring that students acquire practical skills. To ensure the production of independent individuals, he advocated for the integration of skills training and entrepreneurship into university curricula, urging them to equip their graduates accordingly.

According to him, the ministry was allocated a sum of ₦101.45 billion in 2024 budget, with ₦5.88 billion allotted to personnel expenses, ₦1.08 billion for overhead expenses, and a significant ₦94.48 billion for capital investments. Aliyu Mustapha, Rep. Chairman of the House Committee on Alternative Education, expressed the House’s deep concerns regarding the alarming increase in the number of out-of-school children seen across Nigeria. He expressed delight at the minister’s emphasis on out-of-school children, the promotion of youth and adult literacy within the ministry’s agenda and dedication to vocational training.

Out-of-school children issues persist despite several efforts.

Aliyu said it has been observed that financial constraints continue to restrict the ministry’s capabilities in 2024. However, efforts are being made by the National Assembly to increase the allocated funds. He expressed confidence in providing the necessary backing and ensuring proper execution of programs through diligent supervision. The Education sector, in the proposed budget for 2024, received a modest amount of ₦2.18 trillion, which accounts for just 7.9 percent of the proposed budget, amounting to about ₦27.50 trillion.

Of this fund, ₦1.23 trillion – Amount provisioned for the Federal Ministry of Education and its agencies (Recurrent & Capital expenditure). ₦251.47 billion – Amount provisioned for Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC). ₦700.0 billion – Transfers to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for infrastructure projects in Tertiary institutions. Although numerous attempts have been made by the Nigerian government, international development partners, and non-governmental organizations to address the prevailing problem of out-of-school children in Nigeria, the nation continues to face difficulties in overcoming the challenge.

Govt focuses on ensuring every child obtains quality education.

Even with concerted efforts and the cooperation among stakeholders, the issue remains an ongoing struggle. The situation is particularly dire in the northern region, where only 53 percent of children attend school. Reintegrating these children into school poses a monumental task. Also, ensuring access to education in rural areas and combating the detrimental effects of insurgency in the northern part further exacerbates the challenge. Nevertheless, the government’s efforts is to ensure that every child obtains quality education, in an environment conducive to learning, thus equipping them with the necessary knowledge and abilities.

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2 months ago

FG to enroll out-of-school children to school. – Estimates show there are over 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria. – Express your point of view.

2 months ago

The government of Nigeria is acting to get out-of-school children enrolled in schools, which is wonderful to hear. We can assist in maximizing these kids’ potential and paving the way for a better future for Nigeria by tackling this problem and giving them chances.

2 months ago

The government’s plan to enroll over 20 million out-of-school children in the next four years is commendable. The focus on producing employable graduates and integrating practical skills into the curriculum aligns with addressing concerns about education quality. Despite challenges, the commitment to providing opportunities, skill-building programs, and vocational training underscores the dedication to ensuring every child receives a quality education.

2 months ago

Within the next four years, the 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria are expected to be reintegrated into the educational system so their future can looks bright, as well engage with society. examined the Nigerian school curriculum in close consultation with stakeholders this collaboration will really help

Adeoye Adegoke
2 months ago

It’s really encouraging to hear that the Federal Government is taking steps to enroll out-of-school children in Nigeria. With estimates showing that there are over 20 million out-of-school children, it’s crucial to prioritize education and ensure that every child has access to quality schooling.
Education is a fundamental right, and by addressing the issue of out-of-school children, the government can make a significant impact on the future of these children and the country as a whole. Providing access to education not only equips children with knowledge and skills but also opens up opportunities for their personal growth and development.
By investing in education and implementing initiatives to enroll out-of-school children, the government is taking a positive step towards reducing illiteracy rates and fostering a brighter future for Nigeria. It’s a commendable effort that will contribute to the overall development and progress of the nation.
I hope that this initiative is successful in reaching and enrolling as many out-of-school children as possible. Education is a powerful tool that can transform lives and empower individuals to reach their full potential.