70 per cent of Nigerian children in school are not learning – UNICEF
Education Experts Reveal Why Nigeria is Experiencing Low Learning Outcomes, Education experts in Nigeria have warned that the country is experiencing a decline in learning outcomes among children between 3 and 10 years old.
Speaking at a media dialogue organised by UNICEF and the Child Rights Information Bureau of the federal ministry of information, Dr Geoffery Njoku said addressing the crisis in Nigeria’s education must start with ensuring that the country is on the right path with foundation literacy and numeracy.
“The teachers need to be trained and re-trained; we have teachers failing primary 3 exams, so what are we doing.
At this point, if we need to change the school curriculum then let’s do that to achieve improved learning for the children.”
“This is because if we don’t get focus on getting the child rights right, it is going to be a hollow chase because all the SGDs are all intertwined with child right.”
Unprepared workforce and inadequate teaching resources
“Goal four of the SDGs is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education that promotes lifelong learning and all children by age 10 must know how to read and solve numeracy.
“It is not that Nigeria lacks the right policy but Nigeria is facing a staggering crisis with learning outcomes being one of the lowest.”
“So, 70 per cent of the children in school are not achieving basic foundational skills.”
Efforts by UNICEF in achieving better learning outcomes
“To address the challenge, achieving basic learning outcomes at the foundational level of education is key. It is clear that to improve learning outcomes in Nigeria, achieving basic foundational skills at that level of learning cannot be overemphasised.
“So we need to mobilise stakeholders to join forces in addressing the challenges of eradicating learning poverty in the country.”
“UNICEF is already supporting the Government of Nigeria to improve Foundational Literacy and Numeracy through tailor-made, teaching-learning practices, such as Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) and Reading and Numeracy Activities (RANA). A lot still needs to be done to scale-up Foundational Literacy and Numeracy in Nigeria.”