President Muhammadu Buhari has aptly described the Nigerian education system as ‘decayed’.
President Buhari stated this while delivering his speech as the Presidential Summit On Education which held today at the Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.
Describing the education system, Buhari reeled out a series of negative influences bedeviling the nation, as:-
– 13.2 million children out of school,
– high illiteracy level,
– infrastructural deficit and decay,
– unqualified teachers, and, inadequate instructional materials.
He lamented that Nigeria “cannot progress beyond the level and standard of our education” for obvious reasons.
Commenting on the requisite need for education, he said: “We cannot afford to continue lagging behind.
“Education is our launch-pad to a more successful, more productive and more prosperous future,” he added.
He stated that “one of the primary roles of education is to build and sustain individual and society’s development.
“It renews and improves the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of any nation,” he stressed.
He said that Nigeria is participating in all relevant international education fora together with our investment in education to ensure that every capable Nigerian receives good quality education.
“These efforts,” according to him, “are justifiable only to the extent that schooling is effective in promoting the realization of national objectives, attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Education For All (EFA) by 2030.
“These targets are, happily, in harmony with the manifesto and the CHANGE agenda of our Party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).”
Taking to his Twitter handle, he lamented further on the appalling condition of the education system with the recent Kaduna State imbroglio as reference point, saying:
“I was touched on the situation in Kaduna, where Governor El-Rufai is trying to implement important reforms.
“It’s a very serious situation when teachers cannot pass the exams they’re supposed to administer to their students.
“It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive national reform.”
He, therefore, reiterated his administration’s commitment “to revitalizing education system and making it more responsive and globally competitive”.
He reminded all and sundry “that the security and stability of the country hinges, to a large extent, on its ability to provide functional education to its citizens.”
The summit brought together government officials, academic experts, civil society and development institutions for the all-important conversation.
Read the full statement by Buhari during the education summit here:
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