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Education: Why the North is Backward – Report

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An investigation by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has revealed why the North is behind in education.

In Thursday’s presentation, the research group headed by former Education Minister Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai said the region’s states did not prioritize education.

The identified factors are lack of incentives, poor infrastructure, insecurity, inadequate classrooms, playgrounds, computer lab.

Others are libraries, information services, laboratories, textbooks, audiovisual facilities, Internet connectivity, poverty, and inadequate early marriage.

Rufai noted that the North does not lack quality teachers, as 70 percent of teachers have a National Certificate of Education (NCE).

The team leader revealed that the report covers the 419 local governments in the 19 northern states and FCT.

“The key findings are the financial conditions of parents to attend to the education of their children, early marriage; The incentive to promote access to education did not reach the majority of parents. Most have not benefited from school feeding.

“The challenge of girls’ education is fundamental for the region, the integration of Koranic education in basic education are some of the challenges that education faces,” quoted NAN.

The Northern States Governors Forum and Plateau Governor Simon Lalong said the research should be presented to the forum for the implementation of the recommendations.

Lalong, represented by the Secretary of State for Government, Danladi Abdul, said: “The challenges and recommendations are accepted, but we need a lot of advocacy to achieve political will among our colleagues.

“We will convene a meeting of the Northern States Governors Forum, so that the principal investigator can present an executive summary to the governors so that we can work on it.”

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