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Ibanga says there are three monumental crises in Nigerian education

Apr 22, 2024 | International | 0 comments

Andikan Ibanga, a seasoned international development professional, claims Nigeria’s education system is in a monumental crisis. He cites access, quality, and institutional challenges as major barriers to the country’s educational development. He highlighted that over 10 million children are estimated to be out of school despite primary education being officially free and compulsory, according to the UNICEF 2020 Report.

In an Abuja press release, Ibanga pointed out that Nigeria’s public education expenditure is less than 5% of GDP, falling far short of the global target of 15-20% set by UNESCO. He emphasized that traditional budgetary allocations must cover a manageable scale of infrastructure upgrades, teacher training programs, and digital solutions required. Social norms that devalue education, gender biases against girls’ education, and high levels of poverty further exacerbate the problem.

Regarding quality challenges, Ibanga cited the need for more required qualifications for more than half of primary and secondary school teachers and a poor learning environment. The Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria reported that more than 50% of teachers in primary and secondary schools across the country still need to be qualified to teach.

He stressed that the education crisis is compounded by funding deficits despite political leaders’ commitments. Ibanga underlined that addressing these challenges requires a significant increase in investment in the education sector. The current situation not only affects the access to education but also the quality of education, which is crucial for the country’s development.

Ibanga’s press release highlights the urgent need for comprehensive reforms in Nigeria’s education sector to tackle the crisis. These reforms should address the issues of access, quality, and institutional challenges that are hindering the country’s educational development.

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