Bight Newspaper reports that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed education officials to conduct census of all schools, teachers owing to paucity of authentic data on all aspects of the education sector in Nigeria.

The President ordered the conduct of an extensive census to ascertain the fault lines and aid proper planning.

The president’s directive which was released on Thursday, is expected to collate data of all schools in Nigeria from primary to tertiary level, their present conditions and live-in facilities, proximity to one another and infrastructure.

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The policy was also to determine the number of teachers in the country, qualifications, training support received, number of pupils and students in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, gender, and exam grades, among others.

The Federal Ministry of Education, currently under Mamman Tahir’s purview, will partly oversee the process by hosting a portal or dashboard where the critical information will be dropped.

A statement by Mr. Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity noted that the policy DOTS, an acronym for Data Repository, Out-of-School Children Education, Teacher Training and Development, and Skill Development and Acquisition will extensively overhaul the education sector to improve learning and skill development, increase enrolment, and ensure the academic security of the nation’s children.

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The presidency revealed that information that will be derived from the exercise will guide federal and state interventions for teachers’ training and development as well as overall support.


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