Universal Basic Education: CSOs tell National Assembly to reform Act

Universal Basic Education: CSOs tell National Assembly to reform Act

Coalition of Civil Society Organisations on Tuesday advocated for the reform of the Universal Basic Education Act to provide 12 years free and quality basic education to children.

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They also called on the leadership of the House of Representatives to speed up the passage of the act to enable President Muhammadu Buhari append his signature.
Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive Officer of Connected Development, in Abuja at a news conference, said the passage would help reduce the menace of out-of-school children syndrome.
The conference has its theme: “Support the Amendment of the UBE Act to Extend Free and Compulsory Education to Senior Secondary Schools (SS1-3)”.
Lawal said that no nation would achieve economic prosperity without a sound, inclusive and functional basic education system.
He said that the security and stability of the country to a large extent, was depended on its ability to provide functional education to its citizens.
He said: “At the return of democracy in 1999, the three tiers of government publicly declared support for educational development in the country by providing lasting solution to the challenge of illiteracy in Nigeria.
“In the UBE Act of 2004, the government provided for a compulsory free education to Nigerian children for nine years covering primary and junior secondary education.
“Rising to the challenge of inflation, population pressure and explosion in the number of out-of-school, the senate in July 2017 amended the act from nine to 12 years.
“However, and regrettably, the House of Representatives till now has not amended the Act despite the urgent need to scale up free and compulsory education in the country.”
Lawal, therefore, called on the leadership of the House of Representatives and the entire structure of the National Assembly to rise to the occasion of amending the act without further delay.

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