Written by Godfrey AKON

Nigeria to begin open schooling in July

The Nigerian government has concluded plans to implement open schooling programme through the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, from July 2019.

Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, who disclosed this at the national stakeholders meeting on open schooling programme in Abuja, said the programme was part of efforts to reduce the number of out-of-school children across Nigeria.

Bobboyi said “Open Schooling programme will start by July because a lot of things needs to be put in place as planned, we need to start as early as possible.

“The federal government is thinking about putting an end to the issue by sending these children back to school, which is not only formal but non-formal education. UBEC has other initiatives for better basic education in the country; the out-of-school issue is multi-directional and has to be solved through multi-directional approach.

“We have education delivery for all programme, that is going on in the affected states to supervise them in the planning and to how we can reach as many as out-of-school children as possible.”

Recall that the Open Schooling Programme, which was launched on May 30, 2019 as a response to the growing out of school children crisis will receive technical support from the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada.

“We are working on what the cost elements involved in this programme would be, but what we are sure of is that Commonwealth of Learning is going to give us technical support.

“Such support from the commonwealth will push this programme, but we also need to know which activities to be involved in, equipment needed to buy and other things we need to do. If all these are done, we can now disclose the estimated amount that the programme will cost.


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