The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has said there is a need for stakeholders to strategise and find ways to understand the educational challenges in basic education in a bid to address them.
Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary of UBEC, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at a one-day basic education colloquium in honour and memory of the pioneer executive secretary of the commission, Prof. Gidado Tahir.
According to Bobboyi, the idea of the colloquium was to project the kind of dynamics and challenges within the basic education sub-sector in the areas of funding, school attendance, and teacher development within the context of the legacies of Tahir.
Speaking on the number of out-of-school children in the country, he said that the National Population Commission (NPC), through the conduct of a census, could give an accurate figure of the out-of-school children.
”There is a need for us to strategize and get involved in projects, we need to engage, discuss, and strategise in the project that can help us understand these challenges and how best to address them.
”We have just finished the report for the 2022 National Personnel Audit (NPA)—the schools’ census and assessment of learning in the education sector—that will give us an idea of the extent to which the children are learning and areas of difficulty.
”The report is almost ready, but we need the population figures of the different age groups to ascertain the actual number of out-of-school children because the estimate they are making is no longer reliable.
”It is the population commission that can give us an accurate figure of the out-of-school children in the nation based on the population of the various local governments,” he said.
The Director of Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folake Olatunji-David, said there is a need to tap into the potential of the Nigerian child for local and global opportunities.
Olatunji-David said that the dynamics of these opportunities, if harnessed, would expose the multidimensional goals of the Nigerian child.
”There are dimensional challenges facing basic education, ranging from high levels of poverty, high numbers of out-of-school children and others.
”The Nigerian government established the commission to tackle some of these challenges, and over the years the commission has been working to address these problems.
”It is therefore the responsibility of stakeholders to have proper study and information in order to understand the challenges and opportunities that we still have,” she said.
Until his death on January 13, 2022, the deceased was the Chairman of the Board of the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) and the pioneer Executive Secretary of UBEC.