Lawmaker asks FG to declare state of emergency on school infrastructure


Julius Ihonvbere, chairman, house of representatives committee on basic education, says the federal government should declare a state of emergency on school infrastructure across the country.

Ihonvbere spoke yesterday at a national education summit organised by Human Development Initiatives (HDI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The summit, held in Abuja, was themed ‘Building Qualitative, Inclusive and Adaptive Education System: Meeting Modern Day Education Challenges in Nigeria’.

The lawmaker said policy inconsistency, poor funding and inadequate basic facilities were major challenges in the education sector.

“There is a problem of absence of policy consistency and even when we have good policies, there is very limited follow-up and at times poor funding of those programmes so that they would have deep root and consistency and replication within the system. There is a weak administrative system in our schools,” he said.

“We want an emergency to be declared on school infrastructure. The children are schooling under very dangerous buildings.

“Also, people who manage the schools themselves need to be reeducated. There is a need for special programmes to bring teachers and instructors into the digital age. You cannot teach what you don’t have or know.”

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