FG Approves Complete Overhaul of Nigeria’s Education Sector

 

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President Bola Tinubu has given approval for comprehensive reforms in the education sector aimed at enhancing learning, skill development, increasing enrollment, and ensuring the academic well-being of Nigerian children. The approved policies, known as DOTS, encompass Data Repository, Out-of-School Children Education, Teacher Training & Development, and Skill Development & Acquisition.

To address the issue of inadequate data, a nationwide census will be conducted to gather accurate and reliable information on schools, including their conditions, facilities, proximity, and educational infrastructure. The census will also cover teachers, their qualifications, training, and students in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, providing insights into gender ratios, exam grades, and learning needs. The collected data will guide interventions, training programs, and support at the federal and state levels.

A dedicated portal/dashboard will be established at the Federal Ministry of Education, state governors’ offices, and local government chairpersons’ offices to facilitate real-time monitoring and dissemination of the collected information. This data tracking system will enable evidence-based interventions, particularly for out-of-school children, girls, and students with specific learning disabilities.

The government is already implementing policies to address the education and training of out-of-school children through its agencies, benefiting approximately 2 million individuals. Additionally, the Federal Ministry of Education will support and train teachers in digital skills to integrate technology into classrooms at all levels of education.

In line with efforts to equip Nigerian students with essential skills, knowledge, and values for societal participation, President Tinubu has approved the National Skills Framework. This framework aims to provide appropriate skills aligned with each level of education, addressing skill gaps, improving the quality of education, and tackling unemployment concerns.

The implementation of these programs is expected to transform the education system in Nigeria, connecting the “DOTS” and leading to significant improvements. These initiatives align with President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda for the country.

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