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Tinubu approves comprehensive school census and education reforms

These were announced on Thursday in a statement signed by the President’s spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale. He said the count will also include the number of teachers, their qualifications and the training support received so far in recent years.

According to Ngelale, the school census will address the lack of coordinated, verifiable and authentic data on all aspects of the education sector in Nigeria.

He added that the presidential directives should guide federal and state interventions for teacher training and development, as well as general support.

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The presidential aide added that the workforce will provide data on gender ratio (boys and girls), their specific learning needs and dropout rates based on daily monitoring with year-on-year reporting.

Tracking data

Ngelale noted that the new data tracking architecture will enable government to monitor student progress, providing a clear data-driven mechanism for interventions, especially in relation to out-of-school children, girls and people with specific learning problems. .

Children who don’t go to school

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On education and training for out-of-school children, Ngelale disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Education is already implementing government policies through the activities of four of its agencies.

The Special Adviser to the President emphasized that a dedicated portal/dashboard will be established at the Federal Ministry of Education, offices of state governors and chairmen of local governments, where more information will be hosted and disseminated to the federal government, states and local governments. to follow the exercise in real time.

Teacher development and support

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Under this programme, Ngelale said the Federal Ministry of Education will support and train teachers in digital skills to facilitate the use of technology in classrooms.

He said this is expected to bring technology and digitalization to teachers and students at all levels of education.

Development and acquisition of skills

On the development and acquisition of skills for all levels, the Presidential Aide disclosed that President Tinubu has approved the National Skills Framework, which is designed to provide the right skills for every level of education.

He said this will result in empowering generations of Nigerians with the requisite fitness for the changing needs of the 21st century global economy.

He further explained that the President has approved a review of this to increase skill diversity in the education sector and effectively equip Nigerian students with the requisite skills, knowledge and values ​​to become functional and productive members of society.

This framework is expected to address skills gaps, quality of education and unemployment issues as students will acquire certain skills in addition to general knowledge.

It is expected that these programs, once fully implemented, will succeed in resetting learning and connecting the ‘DOTS’ for significant improvement in the overall education system in Nigeria, in line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

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