SHOCKING: Nigeria holds world record in number of children out of school

Children running errands during school hours in Northern Nigeria

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has released a shocking report indicating that one out of every five Nigerian children is out of school.

In what is clearly a national disgrace for a country that is the world’s eight largest oil producer, the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EAGMR) says Nigeria holds the world record of having the highest number of its young people out of school.

With approximately 10.5 million kids out of school, Nigeria dominates twelve other countries with which it accounts for 47 percent of the global out-of-school population.

The other countries are Pakistan (5.1 million); Ethiopia (2.4million); India (2.3million); Philippines (1.5million); Cote D’Ivoire (1.2million); Burkina Faso (1million); Niger (1million); Kenya (1million); Yemen (0.9million); Mali (0.8million) and South Africa (0.7million).

And of all these countries, UNESCO says Nigeria is among the four that has experienced the highest increase since 1999.

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 6.35.35 AM“It (Nigeria) is one of only four among these twelve countries where the number increased in absolute terms,” the report noted. “It now accounts for almost one in five out-of-school children in the world.”

Although, UNESCO officials blame the drop in school enrolment in some countries on the decrease in aid between 2010 and 2011, anecdotal evidence suggests that the monumental corruption at all levels of government might have worsened Nigeria’s case.

In Nigeria, officials routinely steal funds appropriated for building classrooms, buying textbooks and implementing programmes that should bring more children to school.

Recently some officials were indicted for stealing funds released to the nomadic education commission, an agency charged with the responsibility of getting Fulani herdsmen to enroll their kids in school.

“This is a shame for our country,” says Femi Falade, a private school owner in Ijebu-Ode. “President Jonathan and state governors should bury their heads in shame.”

In a statement Monday, Kate Redman, Communications Specialist, Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EAGMR), of UNESCO in Abuja, said the amount of aid to basic education Nigeria received in 2011 was 28 per cent lower than it received in 2010.

“It is in the top 10 countries for the largest decrease in aid from 2010-2011.”

It is not clear whether Ms. Redman was talking about aid from the Nigerian government or from donor agencies.

The statement said new statistics showed that 57 million children were out of school globally in 2011, which was a drop of two million from 2010.

It said that aid to basic education had decreased for the first time since 2002, adding that the world must move beyond helping children enter school to also ensure that they learnt the basics there.

“Our twin challenge is to get every child in school by understanding and acting on the multiple causes of exclusion and to ensure they learn with qualified teachers in healthy and safe environments.

It called on donors to renew their commitments so that no child was left out of school due to lack of resources.

It also noted that funds were not directed to the regions and countries most in need, adding that only 1.9 billion dollars (about N296.4bn) was allocated to low income countries in 2011.

The report, however, urged donors to prioritise countries and regions most in need as sub-Saharan African accounted for more than half of out-of-school children.


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  • wole agunbiade

    No this cannot be true. Remember President Goodluck Jonathan in his response through Reuben Abati to Nuhu Ribadu said that Nigeria is not a sinking ship. So how can this report be true when the President HAS SPOKEN?

    • Edwin

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      • Efe1

        Can’t you see nobody is paying attention to you?

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Almajiri problem started two years ago, when Jonathan became President, before then, every Nigerian child was in school. Abi no be so?

      • wole agunbiade

        Mpitikwelu_na_Ken Mani, dat is why the ship is sinking under Captain Goodluck Jonathan. Abi wetin you tink!

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          I think you need a doctor.

          • wole agunbiade

            It will be fine if you get Madam “Dr.” and “Dr.” Patience Dame Jonathan!!! Sebi madam too na “Dr.” Mani_kay alias Ken Mani alias mpitikwelu alias deri!_na_afam. So get me Madam “Dr.” Patience Jonathan now!

  • Good Luck

    Fucking disgrace! That’s all Goodluck and his government have been to the people.

    • Afam

      Are you well at all? Did you ask when the drop out started ? do you think it just happened in 2 years? come on we all know where we have those school drop out..North North North….they can’t even go even if you force them..

      • Tunrayo

        Afam, I think what is important is that we have a “ruler” . Right? And this “ruler-President Goodluck Jonathan replied Nuhu Ribadu thru his media aide Reuben Abati that Nigeria is not a sinking ship. I do not know if a ship that has the greatest number of children in the world out of school can be said to be afloat. You may want to ask GEJ to think before speaking thru his media aides. With glaring statistics they do him no good.

        • Afam

          IF YOU THINK NIGERIA IS A SINKING SHIP THEN GET OUT OF THE SHIP,LET THE UNESCO BRING OUT THE STATISTICS OF STATES IN NIGERIA WHERE THOSE DROP OUTS ARE TAKING PLACE, YOU WILL SEE FOR YOURSELF ON WHAT RELIGION AND CULTURE HAVE DONE TO MANY..THE BULK OF NIGERIA PROBLEM CAN NEVER BE SOLVED BY GEJ ALONE,STATES EDUCATION IS THE PRIMARY ROLE OF THE GOVERNORS..SO LET US SEE THEIR CASE STUDY IN NIGERIA..I MEAN THE STATES THEY USED AS THEIR SAMPLES..

          • Sadiq Garba

            But the ship was not built by the captain, neither was it bought with his resources. You should have said the captain should get out to allow someone else to steer.

          • Afam

            you think so? you did not vote for him so keep your vote to your boko haram brothers..

          • Sadiq Garba

            You don’t have to advise me on who to vote for.
            But be assured, that my vote will not be for the current captain of the sinking ship, who is worse than those you call my brothers.

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            he is only saying you should respect others, who vote against your ‘brothers’

          • Sadiq Garba

            What has he to do with my respect?

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            preferable another hausa Fulani ‘captain’ like the ones that brought this country to her knees in the 80s and 90s.

          • adetola

            No I think Sadiq Garba is talking about we Nigerian citizens. As usual mpitikwelu_na_afam_Mani_Kay_na_ken Mani, you miss the point because you do not read before you post. You are paid to just litter!

          • Tunrayo

            afam or what do you call yourself? The sinking ship has a present captain. We Nigerian citizens own the ship. So what we need to do is to electorally sack this captain_President Jonathan-who is responsible for the sinking of our ship and elect another captain. Hope this helps?

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            In your malaria induced fantasy, everything was fine until Jonathan became president two years ago. You are simply wicked. Jonathan is the first president to built almajiri school. He is the first president to ACTUALLY do something about the Almajiri tragedy in the north.

          • Tunrayo

            afam_na_Ken Mani_na_Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa, Even if you are oiled with oil money to write and post all these things by President Goodluck Jonathan should you not be once loyal to Nigeria rather than to a person? And shouldnt you be civil for once? I know money is important. But what about honor and name? Are these thrown to the dogs?

  • blogNaija

    this is not shocking because the level of education backwardness is being fueled by unemployment and boko campaign

  • Afam

    Did you ask when the drop out started ? do you think it just happened in 2 years? come on we all know where we have those school drop out..North North North….they can’t even go even if you force them..

    • Jadesola Fakayode

      Perhaps the more contemporary and relevant question is: did the drop out increase? when will the drop out end? With those two questions the buck STOPS ON THE TABLE OF MR. PRESIDENT. AND THAT PRESIDENT IS CALLED PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN. Look afam, you and GEJ cannot eat your cake and want to have it. If someone is the president, he is the president. You cannot want all the perquisites and perks of the office and not want the burden of service of the office to Nigerian children and citizens. If President Jonathan Goodluck cannot serve and serve Nigerian children and continue to pass the buck like you have done here, let him tell us. And if the kitchen is too hot for him, he knows what to do. True leaders serve. They do not talk down on people like Goodluck Jonathan does, like you and his other offline and online aides do. Okay? So please do not insult Nigerian citizens by passing the buck on the table of President Jonathan to others. look MR. AFAM IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PRESIDENT JONATHAN IN 2013 TO SEE THAT NIGERIAN CHILDREN DO NOT BELONG TO THE CATEGORY OF CHILDREN GLOBALLY WITH THE GREATEST NUMBER OF OUT SCHOOL. This has one word-It is called SHAME if you do not know it. Stop passing the buck please and DO NOT insult us-we Nigerian citizens.

      • Afam

        YOUR A COWARD BY TAGGING ME AS GEJ AID..YOU CAN NOT PASS THE BULK OF THE PROBLEM TO HIM,LET THE UNESCO SHOW WHEN THE INCREASE STARTED..ONE PROBLEM WITH MANY OF YOU IS PERSONAL HATRED..EDUCATION IS FREE IN MANY STATES ALMOST ALL THE SOUTHERN STATES HAVE FREE EDUCATION UP TO JSS3..GEJ CAN NOT FORCE THE NORTHERNERS AND ANY ONE WHO DON’T WANT TO SCHOOL TO DO SO..YOUR GUYS ARE MORE FAST TO JUDGE GEJ THINKING HE WAS THE PRESIDENT SINCE 1999..WHEN BOKO HARAM WERE THERE STOPING THOSE YOUNG CHILDREN FROM GOING TO SCHOOL,WHERE WERE YOU? YOU CAN NOT FORCE ANYONE TO CHANGE HE OR HER MIND SET…

        • Jadesola Fakayode

          Mr. afam, it is obvious that you are one of President Jonathan’s numerous online aides and names. And that does not make us naming you correctly a “coward”. Now having said that, these are the questions: Can a country have two Presidents? Answer is nope! There is always one head. Has the graph of education improved in Nigeria since Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency? Nope. It has gone down. Have our elites who have the money stopped sending our children to poor neighboring west african countries for their chldren’s eduation? Nope! The rate at which they send their children to west african countries and to western countries for their chidlren’s education has increased. If the elites do this, is it because of the good quality of Nigerian education? Nope! Finally, should I as a Nigerian citizen be held responsible? Or should ordinary citizens be held responsible? nope! Who should be held responsible? The fish gets rotten from the head. The head of Nigeria has a name. His name is PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN. If he cannot do the job he told us that he wanted to during the last election let him tell Nigerian citizens, and Nigerian citizens will hire another person who can do the job to do it. Those are the questions baby. You can call me a coward-but you are a paid online rabble rouser of President Jonathan. We know all of you in all Nigerian newspapers.

          • Afam

            If i may ask you,what is the work of state governors? very wrong that some of you guys are sitting at a very comfortable room somewhere in europe talking about Nigeria problem where many of you have not visited for more than 10 years..let me remind you,Education is on the exclusive list of the constitution,so 70% of education responsibility falls on states…more of these drop out are in North where young once are sent out of the house for alamagiri and young girls are given out for marriages..so who is to blame?

          • Jadesola Fakayode

            Now I understand your problem. First you called me a ‘coward” because I named you correctly as one of the aides to GEJ. Now you pass the buck again. Let me give you a short history of Nigerian elementary public education. The most popular is called UPE and then re-named UBE. They are are both Universal Primary Education and Universal Basic Education. Who owns them? Federal Govt. Why? Because a serious modern state takes a position on the BASIC AND ELEMENTARY education of her children. And in doing that IT TAKES CHARGE. After that it leaves the rest to the other tiers of govt/family and private institutions and organizations. But President Jonathan does not know this. Rather than pay attention to this, this man-President Jonathan goes about fighting imaginary enemies he thinks stand on his way to being re-elected. My question is: how will you have the thinking space and mind to PAY ATTENTION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION OF NIGERIAN CHILDREN when you are busy fighting Amaechi/Oshiomole/Nuhu Ribadu etc.? Can you imagine the precious time this fellow-President Jonathan- put into asking his aides like Abati to write the irrelevant response to Ribadu when he-President Jonathan should have used the quality time to solve basic problems confronting Nigerian children. See Mr. afam, if saying this is what you call :”coward”-then I am more than happy to be a “COWARD”. But you need to show some understanding of the English language in your “account” of “coward”! baaaaby Reuben abati/na/afam/na/deri/ola pedro/mpitikwelu-abi no be all these be the names wey una dey use to help Oga on top?

          • Afam

            If i may ask you,drop out from school happens more in which region? for the past 40 years do have any system called Alamajiri school system? i have to believe you don’t know about the impact this very government have done to that..moreover your more concern on how to point the accusing finger to GEJ…You can take a cow to stream but you will not force it to drink..we have UBE of free education from primary school to JSS3..so anyone who wants to read can take advantage of it..UBE receives its fund from Federal government but control by the governors..so let the UNESCO give us the states they used as parameter in their studies let us see where they are and who is at fault..

          • Jadesola Fakayode

            afam, why do you want to run away from the issue. (1) If the Nigerian state under a President funds public elementary education and(2) if our country has the largest number of children who are out of school, who should be held responsible-? If the Federal Govt FUNDS UPE/UBE as you agreed, doesnt the piper dictate the tune anymore? If the piper dictates the tune and the tune is a warped tune i.e. if the ship is sinking, shouldnt we hold the piper and the captain responsible? Why do you want someone to take the perks of an office but you want him/her to run and walk away from the responsibility? if President Jonathan is so “concerned” with “democracy” and he is chasing Amaechi/Sylvia all over the place(because of his desperation to be re-elected), why cant he deploy the same urgency to the education of Nigerian children? Afam, why give GEJ the perks and power of office but not the responsibility? My friend, If this fellow called President does not know what he should be doing, he needs to know what to do. Since you his online aides are close to him, why dont you advise him properly?

          • Gidi

            I pretty much enjoy the dialogue between you and “Afam”or Ola Pedro. The problem with GEJ aides and spokesman is that they can’t see beyond their nose. They live in a bubble and like to abdicate responsibility rather than own up to it.

            There is a reason they call it “primary” education. It is the foundation where all things must be built. The least Nigeria can do is to invest heavily in K-12 education system. If Nigeria can’t get basic primary education right, then, our future is bleak. There is no way we can win the future race when our children are not in school.

            I don’t have a kid yet, but I am extremely sad and angry when I read this report. If there is one thing I owe to Nigeria state, it is the fact that the country provided me with the best public primary education money can buy. I went to public school in Alapere, Lagos in the mid 80s and the education I received from those dedicated teachers (Late Onokomaya, Mrs Ayodele, Mrs Ojo, Mrs Emuh, Mrs Majekolagbe, Mrs Fatinikun) made me who I am today. It is worth noting that these teachers were paid pea nut in salary, but they were my heros.

            I am sure GEJ won’t see this UNESCO report, given the behaviors of his aides and spokesman. They would rather point finger to the North and blame them for the problem rather than take ownership and lead. There is this thing we call citizenship. Either we like it or not, the future of Nigeria will be tied to the children not in school today one way or the other.

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            You are ignorant my dear friend. Some people are playing politics and trying to block you from seeing the real progress made in the last two years. The report do not tell you how many almajiri schools built for the first time in history of Nigeria, in order to rescue so many feral kids off the northern streets. The reports does not tell you that funding for education has ACTUALLY RISEN in percentage in the last two federal budgets. IF that is not seriousness in tackling the many problems GEJ inherited, I don’t know what is.

          • Gidi

            Stick with the issue and stop calling people name. Apparently, you are one of GEJ paid agent online. You guys cannot marshal a coherent argument and stick with facts without dishing out insults.

          • Papi Dee.

            Mr Afam,i wonder if you were born stupid or you perfected being stupid over the years?.Whatever is it as i am sure many readers will want to know.You refuse to see simple logic.You are such a retard.GEJ apologist.

          • armrod

            Please stop being stupid and let me tell you first that I have been paid by Aso Rock to make this comment. Why do you find it difficult to understand the enormous work that need to be done to clean the mess in every sector in this country. We talk as if Jonathan is master of all circumstances, this is a man that hosted a summit on education where a roadmap was drawn by tested and experienced professionals in education. He started immediately to execute the roadmap within 2 years he built 9 universities and hundreds of almajiri’s model school that no president in this country have done including the ones that came from the educationally challenged zone. What governors from the north have been doing is conducting marriage of jobless youths funding it with allocation derived from other zone. The WAEC result has started improving. Sometimes we forgot that some projects have gestation period the investment that Jonathan is putting on education may not mature in his tenure, because the teachers that will teach this children need to be trained and parents needs to make effort to send their children to school.
            A situation where parents of children from the north decide to send their children to become almajiri in the fulfilment of their religious obligation is not helping matters. Just like they refused to accept polio vaccination for religious reasons. To make the matter worst Jonathan have been battling an element from the north whose ideology and religious belief forbids education. These people declared war and have made life horrible for northerns and Nigerians how can Jonathan reduce almajiris under such circumstance.
            We are here blaming him that is wrong Jonathan must as a matter of leadership accept the responsibility of this report but not the blame. He should accept the responsibility to change the trend thats all.

        • Sadiq Garba

          Another problem with people like Afam is their inability to understand a simple statement.
          The comment ask the simple question whether it is still increasing or the present regime has atleast put a stop to the increase.

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            How can it drop when education is haram in the north? May be we should also ask Jonathan whether polygamy is increasing or reducing in the north?

          • Sadiq Garba

            Are you saying it is your Oga’s philosophy that education is haram? So you and your co-travellers were paid to ensure that the north is perfectually blocked from any form of progress.
            Thank God for letting us into the source of Boko Haram.

          • Afam

            Reduce the number of children you give birth to,you don’t just give birth for government to take care of…Other regions are not given birth like you people…where poor man marries 5 wives with over 30 children still he can’t afford 2 square meals per day…Education is free in Nigeria from primary 1 to JSS3…You can only take horse to the stream but you can not force it to drink water.

          • Sadiq Garba

            I still ask, has the president put anything in place to make us reduce the number of our children/wives.

          • armrod

            Of course It must be on increase when what the governor of Kano and his likes in the north have been doing is to conducting marriage of jobless youths funding it with allocation derived from another zone. They are doing this with the aim to increase their population so to use it to rig election. Look at how our population have been increasing, so why won’t illiteracy increased. Anybody blaming Jonathan for a statistics that started from 1999 must be a total idiot. Let us have the statistics of the period Jonathan became president first before we begin to vilify him. Why should we put the whole blame on him as if he has been ruling us since 1999?

  • Lanre

    Thank you Premium Times for highlighting this issue. Some of us are already discussing how low Nigeria has sunk over the years and the added shame that this has brought us. How can this not be shameful? By any standard measurable. Including Babangida’s, Abacha’s, Abubakar’s Obasanjo’s, Yar’adua’s and Jonathan’s. Nigerians have been ruled by the most inept group of individuals who should be facing trial for crimes against humanity. Every single one of them with property greater than their legal income should forfeit it to the society. And they should be serving time behind bars.
    This news report is the result of years of neglect by Nigeria’s rulers. It bleeds the heart. Yes. Nigeria stinks. I wonder what Great Leaders like Chief Awolowo would think. When Nigeria started off, Awolowo was rubbing shoulders with Nehru of India. Today Nigeria cannot rub shoulders with whoever is ruling in Mali. Shame on Nigeria’s rulers!

    • Afam

      Thank you very much ,some of their brothers are here passing the bulk of the problems to the present government while their brothers are the people who created boko haram which means education is evil…

      • Efe1

        You just keep saying thank you like a fool to everything! GEJ has done nothing to stop or slow down the downward trend to shut you trap!

      • Dan maikoko

        If there is nothing to look forward to the natural place to look is back. Failed governments don’t say “this is what are doing” they say ” we are not to blame for current problems, blame all those before us! Look back to the source of your problems. Don’t look forward because their is nothing there!!!”

    • Charles

      My peopel we can. Biafra is the answer

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  • Ariche

    In Nigeria, the only thing that constantly ‘improves’ is the volume of oil revenue and legislators’ salaries. Plus the number of billionaires and private jet owners.

    • Edwin

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    • paul

      I strongly believe there is misup for the numbers because a country where
      former head of state is a boko haram member what do you expect.

      This is the quarter where northerner has contributed tremendously so i wish
      them more backward because my kids need them for maid guards in future.

      • Afam

        Thank but many of their foot soldiers here on the internet are passing the bulks of the blames to GEJ forgetting that he is just 3 years in office to 53 years of Nigeria..Today number of Alamajiris are on the increase,who is giving birth to them? what are the governors of the states doing? do they collect allocations and pocket it into their own banks?Education is on exclusive list in our constitution so the bulk of its work is on the governors shoulders..

  • Adoki

    Really, why do we bother about school enrolment when those of us who finished school cannot even find a job (unless you have connection)? Why do we bother about quantity when the quality of education is falling progressively? In the South East, it is more profitable to do business than acquire an education you cannot put to use eventually; in the South South, there is so much free (oil) money flowing around that a more promising career exist in the creeks and in politics; in the North, the politicians are just too happy to have a docile population that they can always manipulate for their political benefits. Why would our politicians bother about mass illiteracy, when it means their children have advantage over everyone else? Many Nigerians are simply too illiterate to understand the scale of the abuse they suffer in the hands of our politicians. While the few half-educated ones are busy abusing themselves on the internet. It all makes our politicians very, very happy.

    • Edwin

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    • Enemona

      Even if they’ve jeopardized our future. Should they kill that our children too. Nigeria, I weep!

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Jonathan introduced ‘mmuta bu ike’, a federally sponsored effort to get boys back to school in the east. In the north, he is the first Nigerian leader to build boarding schools for Almajiri children

    • Salami

      Well put, Adoki.
      Salami

  • Enemona

    Here we go, our children’s future is already being wasted, ours has been killed. My heart weeps for Nigeria.

  • ACTION MAN

    Confirmation no. 1 of a “Sinking Ship” Syndrome! Shame on Abati/Presidency if he does not abuse UNESCO and refute this publication by showing us the “true report” of the “Presidential Report on School Drop Outs 2013”.

  • Ayinde

    IS THERE ANY THING REALLY SHOCKING ABOUT THIS NEWS. A COUNTRY THAT LAY NO PREMIUM ON EDUCATION LIKE OURS. WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOCKING IF IT WERE OTHER WAY ROUND

  • Mani_Kay

    It must be pointed out that over 99% of the so called 10.5million Nigerians kids out of school are Almajiris and based in the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani dominated states. I hope Babangaida Aliyu will heed Senator David Mark’s call for the abolition of the Almajiri system in the North.

    • Yinka Adamolekun

      Mani_Kay, it seems that we have a head of state, a President-right? Since you are interested ONLY in “who”, and since the tribal and the medieval village mentality is the social vision of President Jonathan, my question is: what is the primary responsibility of a president to Nigerian children regardless of “who” they are? We have the UBE which is FUNDED by the fed govt, dont you think President Jonathan must be held responsible if his UBE goals have failed as we see that they have failed because we top the world in the number of children out of school? When you talk this way Mani_kay, you are looking to look the other way while President Jonathan enjoys the pomp and pageantry of being president. We will not allow that. he has a responsibility to Nigerian children, he must take it-that is a minimum in a democracy.

      • Mani_Kay

        There is nothing Jonathan can do about this. The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani have their reasons for proudly keeping the Almajiri system.

        • Yinka Adamolekun

          Mani_Kay, you got it wrong. It is not about what a Jonathan can do or not do. It is about the social vision of a President. If Jonathan can waste precious time hounding governors of federating units such as Amaechi,and if a president can waste precious time thinking ONLY about his re-election by asking his aides to attack anyone in sight (eg Nuhu Ribadu) he thinks constitute a block to his re-election, then such president should be able to do a little for Nigerian children. But Jonathan does not have such vision. He is not the type of person who wants to leave a social legacy and vision. I think he is just okay being president-such that all these things we are saying do not concern him. I am sure if he happens to read or hear this he will say :”wetin dem dey talk sef, how dat one concern me, how di ting say Nigeria get the biggest number of children out of school concern me? Abeg komot…” This is the unfortunate state of the mind of the president we have. So Mani_kay, it is about a social vision. Jonathan does not simply have that kind of vision.

          • Mani_Kay

            The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani have said it openly that they do not want education; rather they love their Almajiri system that is anti-education. They are boldly expressing their rejection of education thru Boko Haram. Of course you are aware that Jonathan is doing all within his powers to defeat their Boko Haram philosophy which must be achieved before you start talking about making them accept education. In fact, Jonathan is working on all fronts. He is building ultra-modern accommodation for the Almajiri’s all over the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States. This will facilitate their transition from the Almajiri system to formal education. All the uneducated Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Presidents who ruled this country for over 45years after independence in 1960 never had a vision for the Almajiris. They left the mess for Jonathan to clean up and he is indeed cleaning up the mess and proving beyond doubt that he is a man of great vision.

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            well said. You forgot to mention that Jonathan has built ultra model schools specially designed for almajiri kids. He is the first Nigerian leader to actually do something about the almajiri tragedy.

          • Clement

            Jonatahn replying Jonathan, mpitikwelu talking to mpitikwelu, afam replying afam, mani_ kay replying mani_kay, mpitikwelu replying mpitikwelu, Ken Mani replying Ken Mani nna wonders no go end for dis una naija!!! Dis naija na wa ooo

          • Afam

            My dear their blind followers will never reason with you,they don’t remember that GEJ is the only president who have built total of over 300 Alamajiri school system in the North for just 2 years when their brothers spent over 40 years doing nothing but growing drop outs,over 90% of those drop outs are from the north and never wanted to go to school.

          • Clement

            afam replying afam, mani_ kay replying mani_kay, mpitikwelu replying mpitikwelu, Ken Mani replying Ken Mani nna wonders no go end for dis una naija!!!

          • Afam

            Only you knew what your talking about.

          • Yinka Adamolekun

            Mani_kay_na_mpitikwelu_na_Ken Mani_na, you may wish to let us know your answer to this question: Will there be a change in the education of Nigerian children if Mr. Jonathan devotes half of the time and resources he uses to fight imaginary enemies to the educational needs of Nigerian children?

  • Efe1

    Since 1999 they said! What happened to Nigeria in 1999? The devils own party came to power. Is this coincidence of it is a case of a job well done by PDP?

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      The history of Nigeria began in 1999. Before Then there was no Abacha, who stole money meant for schools. Before 1999, there was no IBB who looted money meant for hospitals across the states. In fact, the history of Nigeria started two years ago, when an undesirable Niger deltan became president, before then Nigeria was HEAVEN.

      • Efe1

        My friend the research done here is from 1999 to date. If you have the research that predate 1999, lets have it and discuss it. Hopeless rubbish!

  • Edo

    That is the best Otuoke PHD scholar and his evil party PDP can do for Nigerian children. They are relentlessly stealing the future of the poor masses children, to secure their own children’s future. They forget that the comfort of the mice is the comfort of the bird. Which party has been in power since 1999? PDP! But busy sharing the money.

    • lady g

      @edo you are a full and you know nothing because you are also doom!!!

  • armrod

    Why do we find it difficult to understand the enormous work that need to be done to clean the mess in every sector in this country. We talk as if Jonathan is master of all circumstances, this is a man that hosted a summit on education where a roadmap was drawn by tested and experienced professionals in education. He started immediately to execute the roadmap within 2 years he built 9 universities and hundreds of almajiri’s model school that no president in this country have done including the ones that came from the educationally challenged zone. What governors from the north have been doing is conducting marriage of jobless youths funding it with allocation derived from other zone. The WAEC result has started improving. Sometimes we forgot that some projects have gestation period the investment that Jonathan is putting on education may not mature in his tenure, because the teachers that will teach this children need to be trained and parents needs to make effort to send their children to school.

    A situation where parents of children from the north decide to send their children to become almajiri in the fulfilment of their religious obligation is not helping matters. Just like they refused to accept polio vaccination for religious reasons. To make the matter worst Jonathan have been battling an element from the north whose ideology and religious belief forbids education. These people declared war and have made life horrible for northerns and Nigerians how can Jonathan reduce almajiris under such circumstance.

    We are here blaming him that is wrong Jonathan must as a matter of leadership accept the responsibility of this report but not the blame. He should accept the responsibility to change the trend thats all.

  • Sadiq Garba

    We are talking about that statistics. Between 2010 and today, what is single achievement of Jonathan and his administration?

  • Jibril Babayo Sulaiman

    Why not the educated few embark on volunteer teaching within their communities, since the leadership is not ready to treat the populace of infectious illiteracy?