Federal Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah

Nigeria not in top 30 countries with reading culture – Anwukah

The Federal Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah has said that Nigeria is not among the top 30 countries in the world with good reading habits.

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Minister of Education who stated this in Asaba, Delta State capital at the opening ceremony of the 19th quarterly meeting of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) management with the Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) with theme “textbooks policy; an effective tool for enhancing delivery of qualitative basic education in Nigeria”.

He said that the present administration was worried about the poor reading culture in the country. According to him, federal government through UBEC, SUBEBs and other stakeholders in the basic education sub-sector is consciously making efforts at improving the quality education in the country through various interventions such as the supply of textbooks/ instructional materials, construction/renovation of classrooms and libraries , equipping schools/ classrooms, teachers professional development, training of quality assurance officers at the SUBEBs/LGEAs for effective evaluation of schools”

Prof. Anwukah said that President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration was addressing the issue of out-of-school children that is estimated to be more than 10.5 million. However, he explained that World Bank has offered a N500 million dollars loan which will focus on boosting girl child education in the country saying that it was not surprising given the fact that reading culture in the country is low due to lack of plans to consolidate the new skills of reading and numeracy acquired by the child.

He said that, to encourage reading habits among learners in the schools, availability of textbooks in the core subjects for every child in the school, judicious use of the available textbooks I the schools to achieve improved learning outcomes, establishment of reading clubs as well as the introduction of reading competitions in schools and regular monitoring of school activities and facilities should be considered.

The Education Minister also said that the federal government was concerned about the problem of inadequate trained teachers in the public schools in the country saying that a total of N631 million had been released this year to states for school feeding programme.

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