Research by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has revealed why the North is lagging behind in education.
At the presentation on Thursday, the research group, led by former Minister of Education Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, said that states in the region had not made education a priority.
A lack of incentives, poor infrastructure, insecurity, inadequate classrooms, playgrounds and computer labs were identified as factors.
Others are inadequate libraries, information services, laboratories, textbooks, audiovisual facilities, internet connection, poverty, and early marriage.
Rufai noted that there is no shortage of qualified teachers in the north, as 70 percent of teachers have a National Education Certificate (NCE).
The team leader announced that the report covers all 419 local governments in the 19 northern states and the FCT.
“The most important results are the parents’ financial condition to ensure their children’s education and early marriage. Most parents failed to achieve the incentive to promote access to education. The majority did not benefit from school meals.
“The challenge of educating girls is crucial for the region. Integrating Koran education into basic education is one of the challenges facing education,” NAN quoted her as saying.
The Northern Governor’s Forum and Plateau Governor Simon Lalong said research should be submitted to the forum for implementation of the recommendations.
Lalong, represented by State Government Secretary Danladi Abdul, said: “The challenges and recommendations are being accepted, but we need a lot of advocacy to achieve the political will of our colleagues.
“We’re going to have a meeting of the Northern Governors’ Forum so the lead researcher can give the governors a summary for us to work on.”
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