Nigeria has the highest percentage of children not enrolled in schools, education in Nigeria is in dire straits and many Nigerians are acutely aware and are concerned about this education problem and this problem is mostly experienced in the north of the country compared to the south.
This has led to the UN Human Development Index rank Nigeria 152nd out of 188 countries. In the north, about 12 million are enrolled madrassas which do not prepare children to participate in a modern economy and generally outside the government oversight because these madrassas are religious classes and at times it forbids certain activities of being involved with the outside world.
Its proven economically that public education is chronically underfunded for counties seeking to develop rapidly, a UN agency recommends to growing countries in Africa used at least 25% of their government spending on education as its done in Ethiopia as compared to Nigeria where they use 7.1% on of its government budget on education thus this making the education where available not efficient.
During his visit, Bill Gates chided officials for underinvestment in human capital by investing in their education and rather investing its resources in other different projects. But, education reforms are not easy as it involves a long chain of consultancy and education function is divided between federal, state, and local governments.
As with other aspects national life of citizens in the country which makes education hard to afford, corruption is said to be ubiquitous as it’s the major problem for lack of public school in the country as government official squander education money and not fulfilling its course to enhance education and build new schools.
Teacher often goes for long period without payment hence strikes especially at university level are frequently experienced as they demand for their due this strike always cripples the education for a certain period of time hence loss of a year or two while studying.
At independence and shortly after Nigeria’s education system was one of the strongest in Africa but due to the long military rule from 1967-1998 and with a brief civilian interregnum blighted education, it’s because military officials viewed educators as potential opposition.