NGO urges southeast states to address challenges in education sector


An NGO, Amaka Chiwuike Uba Foundation (ACUF), has urged State Governments in the South-East, to develop new policies and approaches to address challenges facing the education sector in the zone.

ACUF made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr Chiwuike Uba, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Sunday.

According to the NGO, findings of a recent survey it conducted on education in the zone, show that the standard of education in the zone is falling irretrievably and needs urgent attention from all.

Amaka Chinwuike Uba Foudation said the survey was titled: “The State of Education in South-East.”

“We need to wake up from our deep sleep and develop new policies and approaches to address these challenges facing the education sector in the South-East.

“For the zone to create globally competitive youths who will transform the region, the South-East, should, as an emergency, rethink and redesign her education strategy.

“The zone urgently needs reforms in education, especially at the primary school level. Public schools are almost a thing of the past, with dilapidated structures, demotivated, untrained and unqualified workforce.

“Whereas most parents feel comfortable sending their children to private schools, it is evident that due to poor monitoring and evaluation, private schools may be worse than the almost dead public schools.

“The zone urgently needs reforms in education,’’ the organisation said .

ACUF said that education was one of the key ways to address poverty.

It noted that education contributed to improved health, human rights and gender equity, individual and long-term sustainable political and socio-economic development.

“Education is a human right and therefore cannot be taken for granted.

“Doing so would not only amount to denying the children their rights, but of the opportunities to secure a decent job, escape poverty, support their families and develop their communities,’’ it added.

It said that it would make the survey and its findings available to the state governments, educational institutions/organisations, developmental agencies/donors as well as other educational stakeholders. (NAN)

– Jun. 28, 2020 @ 16:29 GMT |

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