The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF has stated that 75 per cent of Nigerian children between the ages of seven and fourteen years in school cannot read a simple English sentence or solve a basic mathematics problem.
Cristian Munduate, the UNICEF Nigeria representative, revealed this in a statement issued out on Tuesday to mark this year’s International Day of Education.
Cristian Munduate went on to appeal to various presidential candidates to include education as one of their major priorities ahead of the forthcoming election.
In the statement, reads partly, “On this International Day of Education, I join the global call to “invest in people, prioritise education” and deliver on the commitments made by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari at the UN Secretary General’s Transforming Education Summit in September 2022 to end the global learning crisis.
“In Nigeria, 75 per cent of children aged 7 to 14 years cannot read a simple sentence or solve a basic math problem. For children to be able to read to learn, they must be able to learn to read in the first three years of schooling.
“As Nigeria’s presidential elections draw near, on behalf of UNICEF and the children in Nigeria, I call on all presidential candidates to include adequate investments in education as a top priority in their manifestos.”
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