30% Nigerians are illiterates – FG

LAIDE AKINBOADE-ORIERE

The Federal Government has lamented the fact that 30% (60 million), are illiterates Nigerians but more worrisome is the fact that more than 60% of them are females.

The Minister of Education ,Adamu Adamu revealed this at the 2017 Nigeria’s Annual Education Conference titled ‘Achieving Inclusive Education through Innovative Strategies’, in Abuja, he said the nation’s development aspirations may not be achieved if the level of illiteracy in the country is left unchecked.

He said it is imperative for Nigeria to rededicate itself to the war against illiteracy by focusing intensely on girls and women.

According to him , “The illiterate population is 30 per cent of the nation’s population which was approximately 60 million people.

” More worrisome is that females account for nearly 60 percent of the country’s illiterate population. The most expedient approach is through selective ,intensive and nationwide on-going campaign against illiteracy ,targeting states and groups that have the highest levels of illiteracy, with girls and women as the main target.”

” If a minimum of 10 literacy centres could be established in each of the 9,572 wards with each centres enrolling a maximum of 30 learners in two sessions per annum,5.7 million adults would be made literate at the end of each year under the national literacy campaign,Thus, about 23 million people would be literate.”.

He lamented that nothing is allocated to research and development noting that the percentage of Nigeria’s budget committed to education is very low and over 90% of the federal and state government annual appropriations for the sector are committed to payment of staff salaries

Similarly, the British High Commisioner , Paul Arkwright said UKaid is working to enforce sustainable development of teachers and ensure they are well educated.

He said UKaid is supporting integrated group in girls education noting that 40% of Nigerian students attends private schools thereby urging private schools investors to invest in the education sector.

He said UKaid will be supporting 100,000 children in Yobe and Borno noting that the United Kingdom will be supporting 800,000 girls across the country in the state through UKaid.

Meanwhile, the world Bank representative, Tunde Adekola said demography should not hinder a Nigerian child from accessing good quality education.

Adekola said the world bank is at the verge of supporting Nigeria through a project called Education for all.

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