There is a blistering condemnation of Nigeria’s educational development plans as a major education support aid has recorded a woeful failure.
A major British government education support initiative for Nigerian Children once again has recorded an abysmal failure with millions going down the drain in the country.
According to a British Parliamentarian report, a sum of £230million British educational support and aid programme designed to boost children education in Nigeria has produced ‘no major impact with nothing to show for the committed huge sums meant for pupils’ educational improvement and enhancement of teaching schemes.
The scheme which also has been designed to produce teachers and effective teaching technics has failed woefully with no signs of any progress despite the huge sums committed.
An estimated 3.7million Nigerian children have been projected to benefit from the windfall, but it was discovered that almost half of those kids are not even on registration for any educational pursuit and many of them are wandering on the streets.
The report fingered out many Islamic schools as facing potential stagnation due to pupils boycott.
The education supporting scheme is particularly facing danger that the policy of supporting secular teaching in those Islamic schools may backfire.
According to a report by the Independent Commission on Aid Impact, the UK-funded education programs are struggling to make any difference to Nigeria’s education system.
The Commission was set up last year to report to Parliament on the fast-growing aid budget and its impacts.
Britain poured a sum of £102million into education in ten of Nigeria’s 36 states during the last seven years, and is hoping for a further £126million dispatch by 2019.
The Commission’s report raised serious questions about whether the Department for International Development is achieving its aims of education development in Africa and any benefit on the designed value for the committed huge amount for the project.
It found that around a third of the eligible children – an estimated 3.7million – were still not in school, while those that were received little by way of education.
The study also found many rural schools were affected by a chronic lack of teachers, with staff frequently not turning up for work.
A researcher visited one Department for International Development funded school in rural Nigeria to find almost all the teachers were absent, leaving the pupils to play football outside.
‘It was the only activity at the school,’ the report says.
‘A bell rang but none of the pupils moved towards the classrooms. When asked about the bell, the boys said that it signalled a lunch break – the football continued uninterrupted.’
The report went on: ‘We are concerned by the very high numbers of out-of-school children and the very poor learning outcomes in nine of the ten Nigerian states supported by Dfid.
The report viewed: ”Dfid’s education programme in Nigeria operates in a very challenging environment, with too few effective teachers, poor infrastructure and unpredictable state funding all contributing to poor learning outcomes for pupils in basic education.
‘Our review indicates no major improvement in pupil learning.’
The report warns that Dfid’s strategy of pumping resources into improving the overall school system was ‘not an appropriate strategy to tackle the most severe problems in the weakest schools’.
The report also raised concerns about whether money is making it through Nigeria’s bureaucracy to the front line.
A trainee teacher told researchers that she and others were giving up on their dream teaching ambition because their scholarship money had not been released by the state government.
The report is said to cause a major embarrassment for Dfid, which has more than doubled the aid programme to Nigeria in recent years.
A report said that the Britain government is due to hand the country £1billion over four years for educational development despite warnings that corruption is widespread.
But sources at Dfid questioned the findings of the watchdog, which was set up last year to report to Parliament on the fast-growing aid budget.
A spokesman for the department said: ‘This was a limited inquiry in that the team only visited 1 percent of schools, most of which were only one state in Nigeria, and they did not take into account the most recent evidence of the projects’ progress.
‘However, we will carefully review the report’s recommendations and respond in due course.’
Source: Daily Mail