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Govt announces crack down on substandard primary, secondary schools in Nigeria

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The Federal Government on Thursday announced its readiness to crack down on substandard primary and secondary schools in the country.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, revealed this while unveiling the Education Sector Short and Medium Term Blueprint/Work Plan on the implementation of Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) document presented to stakeholders on Thursday in Abuja.

He said plans are in the pipeline to change the face of education in the country.

He urged the lawmakers to increase allocation to the Education sector, requesting governors to invest more in basic education.

Adamu also advised governors to be prompt in providing matching grants to access the Federal Government interventions through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

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On the out of school children in the country, Adamu also said the Federal and state governments had earmarked N10billion to return them to schools.

He said the target would be achieved, with plan to enroll two million children yearly in the next five years.

According to the document unveiled, by the end of 2020, about N3 billion would have been committed by 19 states, outside the intervention of the Federal Government for the enrolment of over two million school-age children that are not in school.

It also added that “states are expected to commit another N2.4 billion in 2021, N2 billion in 2022, N1.5 billion in 2023 and N1.1 billion in 2024 towards addressing the problem of out-of-school in the country.”

Adamu, however said that government would engage stakeholders such as traditional rulers and religious leaders to sensitize their communities and subjects about the benefits of formal education.

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