50% of students in Enugu cannot read - SSG Onyia

50% of students in Enugu cannot read – SSG Onyia


The Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Professor Chidibelu Onia, has said that 50 per cent of students in the state cannot read English or solve simple math problems.

Mr. Oniah said this while delivering the keynote address entitled “Smart Basic Education and the Future of Africa” at the Quadrennial Conference of the Union Secondary Schools Old Boys Association held in Enugu on Thursday. It revealed that.

He said the government had found deficiencies in the baseline assessment of primary schools in the state conducted in November 2023.

“Our findings were shocking. After six years of primary school, 50 per cent of children cannot read a single word of English, and those who can do so struggle to understand it.

“50% of children are unable to solve simple subtraction problems. What we discovered in Enugu State is writ large across our country.”

He expressed concern that three out of four children in Nigeria who complete basic education lack numeracy and literacy skills.

“The World Bank, UNICEF and UNESCO have defined this as ‘Nigeria’s learning crisis’.

“Additionally, children are suffering from a ‘skills gap’ as existing educational methods do not equip them with scientific, technical, productive and digital competencies,” Onia said. added.

Source: dailypost.ng

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