The Honourable Minister for Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, has said that the Federal Government would focus on improving access to Basic Education/Out-of-School children as a priority.
He said it was the right of every Nigerian child to have access to Basic Education, and part of the government’s responsibility was to ensure that every child of Out-Of-School age attended basic education.
Professor Mamman disclosed this in Ikeja recently while delivering a Keynote Speech at the Ministerial Session of the 67th National Council on Education (NCE) meeting.
He added that it had become important to enhance the quality of basic education by paying attention to inclusivity and reviewing and updating the curriculum across all levels.
The Minister disclosed that the government would reduce Out-of-School children to seven per cent by 2034, saying that 13 million children; aged 6-14 (25 per cent OOS rate) were out of school, and this put Nigeria among the nations with the longest number of Out-of-School children globally.
Despite this, he said the FG had set in motion the process of repositioning and reverberating the sector to attain the President’s agenda for development.
He expressed that the process included developing a well-structured roadmap that laid down the building blocks that aligned the education system with the current socio-economic realities of the 21st century.
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