President Muhammadu Buhari called on governors on Monday to take the necessary steps to improve access to quality education in their states.
Buhari, represented by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, made the call in Abuja at the National Launch and the presentation of the National Personnel Audit Report (NPA) 2018.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the document was prepared by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), with the efforts of other stakeholders.
He said the call to the states became necessary to close the gaps identified in the report and also to find lasting solutions to education problems in the country.
According to him, the NPA is key to the realization of the Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP), because everything ultimately depends on it.
“Without data, you can't plan anything; The government wants to ensure that all Nigerian children have the same opportunity to complete basic education.
“This document contains enrollment data and locations of private and non-private schools, and the number of qualified teachers and other indexes, in order to determine key indicators in the education subsector.
“Our stakeholders will find this document useful. However, this does not mean that this document that was released today is perfect.
“I am sure that the report has revealed some gaps that must be filled at various levels of government to improve basic education in our country.
“I want state governments to critically examine the findings or recommendations contained in this report that affect their states and take the necessary measures to ensure better access, equity and quality in education.
"States with very high deficiencies in teachers and infrastructure facilities need to redouble their efforts to close these gaps," he said.
He added that the ministry would critically examine the findings and recommendations contained in the report and present policies and actions that would help the sector move forward.
Buhari added that the initiative and interventions in the education sector were born from the belief in the centrality of education for the social, political and economic transformation of the country.
Source: Daily Post
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