By Femi Mustapha
Legal Defence and Assistance Project(LEDPA) Stakeholders have gathered in Kaduna to brainstorm on the Implementation of the Right to Basic Education and pave a way forward.
The Stakeholders who are from the Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board( SUBEB), Ministry of Finance, Education Marshals among others look at the achievements and challenges faced in Education sector in the State.
Welcoming the Participants, the State Coordinator of LEDPA, Mr. Micheal Aboh
said the participants were gathered to brainstorm and come out with a recommendation that will contribute positively to the education sector in Kaduna State.
Micheal said the recommendations by the stakeholders will be used as advocacy tools to the government.
Presenting a paper titled, “Right to Basic Education in the light of National and State law and policies”, Barrister Barr. Laura B. Emereole said corruption is the bane of the development of education in Nigeria.
She stressed that Corruption in the sector is evident today by the number of decay infrastructure and deficiency in human capital development.
According to her, many schools in the country are in shambles because of the cankerworm.
She lamented that though, various governments own these schools, however, because of the turndown of the economy, they can’t do much, whereas education requires adequate fundings to transform the mind and shape the future of the country.
Going further in her presentation, she expressed dismay that there is a high level of corruption whereby people who are not accountable to the resources put in their care, saying this has affected how education is managed and its outcome in the country.
The legal practitioner commended the Kaduna State government for putting in place policies that encourage reform in the education sector which includes; Child welfare law, free uniform to Pupils and Students, the establishment of Education Marshals, and making Education free to all.
Meanwhile, participants agree that these reforms have brought aboard increase in the enrolment of students and reduced out-of-school children.
They, however, call on the State Government to address some challenges confronting the education sector in the state such as; Insecurity, Dilapidated schools, and Manpower, especially in the rural areas.