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Nigeria off-track in education – UNICEF

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Chief Education, UNICEF, Saadhna Panday-Soobrayan, says Nigeria is off the track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4 which is quality education.

She said this in Abuja at the Transforming Education Summit organised by the National Universities Commission.

The coronavirus epidemic, she added, compounded the fragility of Nigeria’s education systems, which were already suffering from a lack of access to high-quality education and low shock resilience.

“Additionally, frequent attacks on schools – including abduction of children, who should always be safe in school, has also resulted in prolonged school closures and is contributing to high rates of out of school children and low learning outcomes,” she said.

Adamu Adamu, the Minister of School, stated the education curriculum being established would emphasise on skills and entrepreneurship to improve graduates’ employability.

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“The big concern we face in Nigeria is the problem of unemployability, particularly when it comes to sciences, engineering, and technology,” Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy pointed out.

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