14M Out-of-school Children May Become Terrorists, Kidnappers – Obasanjo » Gisthour
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that the 14 million out-of-school kids in Nigeria could grow to be terrorists, kidnappers, and armed robbers if their schooling isn’t taken critically.
Obasanjo’s warning was revealed the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) bulletin on Monday, revealing that within the subsequent 10 years, these out-of-school kids may grow to be perpetrators of heinous crimes and represent a nuisance within the society.
This is coming months after schooling minister, Adamu Adamu had additionally mentioned there have been 10 million out-of-primary-school kids however that the determine may rise to 14 million when added to these out of junior secondary faculties.
Obasanjo referred to as on policymakers and key gamers within the schooling sector to brace up for challenges in addition to be sure that the standard of Nigeria’s schooling meets the UNESCO Education for All (EFA) normal.
“If we don’t take care of these 14 million out-of-school children in the next 10 years or so, they will be the terrorists, armed robbers, and kidnappers of the future,” he mentioned.
The former president additionally mentioned that high quality schooling in Nigeria shouldn’t all the time be in regards to the variety of universities obtainable.
“It should be about whether they’re doing what they should be doing, whether they meet the needs of the industry where they are situated, or whether they are delivering quality education,” he mentioned.
“We ought to be preoccupied with what product is popping out and never in regards to the quantity or the dimensions. America has varsities with multi-campuses the place pupil populations quantity within the 1000’s.
“I was a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilberforce University with a complete inhabitants of 1,500, a small college however one which is making significant and impactful contributions.
“We ought to construct on what we now have now, enhance on them. A inhabitants of over 200 million folks having 170 or extra universities isn’t too many for me as what issues are content material and high quality
“And the ability to turn out appropriate products for market and industry. If that is achieved, then universities could be said to be doing what they should be doing and we should hail them for it.”
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