The UNICEF Education Specialist, Manar Ahmed has said that 69 percent of teachers at the basic schools mostly in private schools are unqualified,2017 National Personnel Audit).
Ahmed who made the disclosure virtually in Kano, during the Media dialogue on SDGs as Child Rights said the investment must be in time and financial resources.
She said for Nigeria to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the country must invest hugely in structural training programmes for teachers.
According to her, Nigeria is facing staggering crisis with learning outcomes being one of the lowest of the basic education sub sector.
“In sub Saharan Africa,87 percent of children are in learning poverty as they do not have basic literacy by age 10. It is not that Nigeria lacks the right policy but Nigeria is facing staggering crisis with learning outcomes being one of the lowest 70percent of the children in school are not achieving basic foundational skills”
While identifying low public spending on education and under prepared workforce as factors mostly responsible for the poor learning outcomes, she noted that;
“Between the time of carrying out the 2017 Personnel Audit by Nigeria’s Universal Basic Education and now there has been huge changes as regards the national assessment on learning outcomes”
She advocates that teachers themselves should drive the process of training thereby placing them at the heart of the schemes.
” It is not about teacher training but about action,improving teaching in the classroom is key under the right environment to enable this change huge investment is required in time and finances”
Manar said it was time for Nigeria to move beyond training in theories to on the job training thereby creating opportunity for feedback .
She emphasised that action plan is crucial in getting result oriented teacher professional development systems.
The UNICEF Education Expert identified enabling environment, self assessment, re-assessment and supervisory assessment as crucial to achieving scaled up foundational literacy and numeracy skills in Nigeria basic schools.
She stressed the need to learn to read inorder to read to learn in meeting the set goals of SDGs 2030.
On his part, Training Coordinator , Dr.Uche Anunne and Training Coordinator, News Agency of Nigeria said that strong institutions was required to ensure the quality of teachers in the country.
Anunne however added that all hands must be on deck to get things right to ensure SDGs 2030