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General News of Friday, 10 June 2022


Nigeria off track on education – UNICEF


Chief Education, UNICEF, Saadhna Panday-Soobrayan, says Nigeria is off the track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4 which is quality education.

She said this in Abuja yesterday at the Transforming Education Summit organised by the National Universities Commission.

She said the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated the fragility of Nigeria’s education systems which was already struggling with poor access to quality learning and low resilience to shock.

“Additionally, frequent attacks on schools – including abduction of children, who should always be safe in school, has also resulted in prolonged school closures and is contributing to high rates of out of school children and low learning outcomes,” she said.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the education curriculum being developed would focus on skills and entrepreneurship to enhance the employability of graduates.

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said: “The significant challenge we have in Nigeria is the problem of unemployability, particularly when it comes to sciences, engineering and technology.”

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