Nigeria To Ascertain Actual Figure Of Out Of School Children

Ajoke Babareke, Abuja.
Nigeria is set to conduct a National School Census to generate statistics and own actual figure on the numbers of Out Of School Children in the country.
Dr Hammid Bobboyi
The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hammid Bobboyi , made this known in Abuja, while briefing Journalists on the conduct of the 2018 National Personnel Audit of all Basic Education Institutions in Nigeria.

Dr Bobboyi said the personnel audit program would obtain comprehensive and reliable data on Pupils, Students and Personnel in Public and private Basic Education Institutions across the nation.

He said the exercise which was last conducted in 2010 would provide first hand information on categories of people in school and ascertain the challenges with qualified and unqualified teachers.

According to the Executive Secretary, “The universal basic education Commission is empowered to establish a basic education data bank and conduct research on basic education in Nigeria”

“Without the audit ,we will continue to grope on challenges and implement policies that are not related to the problems on ground”

“We need data and good statistics to support strategic plan for the development of education because no plans can be implemented without data” The Executive Secretary added.

Dr Bobboyi added that the 2 months exercise will involve the process of data gathering for effective planning of the Nigerian Basic education sector.

“Its more about information gathering and sourcing out data for planning. Although this was carried out in 2006 and 2010 but I will suggest it should be done every 3 years to aid effective planning of the basic education sector” he said.

He clarified that the national personnel audit program otherwise called school census is not about taxation (financial audit) for private basic schools but rather to count everybody within the education sector.

The UBEC Executive Secretary noted that the commission has trained its staff on the use of geographical Information system and GPS to get proper coordinates of schools and their locations.

“The commission introduced use of smart technology to fast track electronic enrolment of personnel and other core aspect of the school census program” he added.

Speaking on Implementation structure, the Chairman of the audit program and a key official of UBEC, Mr Edwin Jerome, said the exercise will hold between 29th of April and June 30th.

He disclosed that about 725 staff including developmental partners would be deployed for the exercise across the nation.

“The first phase of the exercise will be conducted in all states of the 3 Geo political zones in the southern part of of the country from April 29th and may 27th of this year. The second phase will be conducted in all 3 Geo political zones in the Northern part of the country from June 3rd to 30th of the same month” he said.

The 2018 National personnel audit otherwise called all basic school census would provide authentic school mapping of all basic education schools in the country.

It will also address the challenge of inadequacy of education data for effective planning and implementation of programmes in the sub sector.

The programme is to provide reliable data for assessing the impact and achievement of the basic education sub sector in realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The personnel audit will also help obtain comprehensive and reliable data of children of school going age enrolled on basic education schools .

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