FG, states neglected education infrastructure for years – Osinbajo


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that many years of neglect of the education sector by the Federal and state governments resulted in poor infrastructure in schools.

The Vice-President noted that “extreme poverty and its innumerable consequences” were also other challenges bringing poor educational outcomes in the country.

Osinbajo stated these in Abuja at the 2019 Nigeria’s Annual Education Conference themed, “Education for sustainable livelihood: a system approach to strengthening the sector for productivity and global competitiveness.”

The Vice-President said, “Our administration working with state governments is committed to enforcing the law on free and compulsory education in the first nine years of a child’s school life.  So to resolve the educational challenge is to resolve the poverty challenge. The choices that lie before us are clear – investing in relevant education. By that I mean education that would equip the child with best possible skills, digital, civic, and innovative skills.

“A large population of out-of-school children, a large percentage of whom are girls, and a dearth of teachers complicated by poor quality of teachers are some of our challenges. In addition, years of neglect of education at both federal and state levels resulted in poor infrastructure.

“It is evident that even with the best of effort given resource constraints and our population growth rate of 2.6 per cent, we will just have to think out of the box especially using technology and digital means to reach a growing number of children.  This will also place a huge demand on resources both at the national level of ensuring wider broadband coverage and also at the school level in terms of the availability of computers.

“Our national fibre coverage is still low with only 46 per cent of the population within five kilometres proximity to a fibre network which means over 100m people our outside fibre reach.  At the more granular level, only 3600 public primary schools out of 63400 have computers.  The ratio is a bit better in public junior secondary schools where just over one third have access to computers.”


Source:  https://punchng.com/fg-states-neglected-education-infrastructure-for-years-osinbajo/

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