OUT OF SCHOOL:
The number of out of school children in the country has reduced from 10.1 million since May last year to 6,946,324 Million.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu stated this at the 2020 Annual Ministerial Press Briefing in Abuja.
Mallam Adamu explained that the drastic reduction was achieved through the launch of the Better Education Service Delivery for All BESDA in collaboration with the World Bank.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu had in May last year during his valedictory press briefing towards the end of president Muhammadu Buhari first term in office expressed regret over his inability to reduce the number of out of school children to a tolerable limits.
However, following his reappointment as minister of education, the task of reducing the number of out of school persons became a major priority.
Mallam Adamu explained that through the Better Education Service Delivery For All BESDA, the federal government secured a world bank credit facility in the sum of six hundred and eleven million dollars $611,000,000 to address the out of school children phenomena.
Mallam Adamu noted that there is impressive school enrolment in 17 states of the federation where BESDA is being implemented which led to the reduction from 10 to 6 million out of school children.
On tertiary education, mallam Adamu said in the last one year, government had established four public universities, six polytechnics and six federal colleges of education.
He noted that the total number of universities in the country is one hundred and seventy three with a combined carrying capacity of over 2.5 million students.
On infrastructural development, Mallam Adamu affirmed that in the last one year, The tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND has committed a total of three hundred and ninety-five billion, thirty two thousand three hundred and seventy five naira to the development of infrastructure in tertiary institutions, and stressed that it is aside from the budgetary allocations and revitalization funds to universities.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed who was the chairman of the event said the media briefing was part of the directive of president muhammedu Buhari to always keep Nigerians abreast of efforts of Government in the various sector.
The event was attended by over ten ministers, heads of agencies, Heads of tertiary institutions, development partners and other stakeholders.