UNICEF Nigeria representative, Cristian Munduate has charged the presidential candidates to prioritize education ahead of the forthcoming general election noting that 75 per cent of Nigeria cannot read or solve simple math.
The United Nation International Children’s Education Emergency Fund has disclosed that 75 per cent of Nigerian children between the age of seven and 14 years cannot read a simple sentence or even solve basic mathematics problem, according to The Punch.
Cristian said, “On this International Day of Education , I join the global call to :invest in people, prioritize education” and deliver on the commitments made by the President, Major General Buhari, rtd, at UN Secretary Genera’s transforming Education Summit in September 2022 to end the global learning service.
According report, 75 per cent of children aged 7 to 14years in Nigeria cannot read a simple sentence or solve a basic math problem. For children to be able to learn, they must be able to learn to read in the first three years of schooling.
“As Nigeria’s presidential elections draw near, on behalf of UNICEF and the children in Nigeria, I call on all presidential candidates to include adequate investments in education as a top priority in their manifesto.”