By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Nigeria Basic Education sector, is one of the largest in the world with the nation taking its rightful place in the E-9 Group.
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education (UBE), Abuja. Dr. Hameed Baboye, stated this at the opening of a Two-Day Policy Retreat on Education held at Fifth Chukker Resort in Kaduna.
According to him, countries with large populations, struggling with issues of educational development, like Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Baboye said, “Data from the National Census, National Personnel Audit, conducted by UBE in 2018 provides us with data on basic education sub-sector.
He cited that, knowing the number of teaching staff in basic education and number of qualified teaching staff in Nigeria is important.
“As far as Enrolment in Education (ECCDE) is concerned, there was a significant increase in enrolment from 2,130,244 to 2,699,428 and 7,159,280 across the years of 2006, 2010 and 2018 which indicate an increase of 167% between 141% is also significant.
He said, a worrisome increase in Pupils/classroom ratio)between 2010 and 2018 in public schools is easily noticeable.
“For ECCDE it rose from 43 to 46 at primary level from 49 to 60 and for JSS from 62 to 63 learner’s,” he said.