Abuja - No fewer than 1 million candidates
aspiring to have university education fail to secure the admission
annually, Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, the Permanent Secretary, Federal
Ministry of Education, has said.
Nwaobiala disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of
the Governing Boards of nine parastatal agencies of the ministry.
The supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, inaugurated the boards.
Nwaobiala said the Federal Government was, therefore, determined to boost the carrying capacity of its universities.
On basic education, he said that of the world's 61 million school age
children out of school, Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 31 million.
He said Nigeria was responsible for the largest chunk of the figure with no fewer than 10.5 million children.
"By implication, one child out of every three primary school age
children is out of school and roughly one child out of four junior
secondary school age children is out of school.”
Inaugurating the boards, Wike noted that the nation’s ability to
maintain competitive advantage over other countries hinged largely on
the vibrancy of its education system.
He said the nation’s education system should be alive to its
responsibilities of producing world class individuals with the necessary
While reminding members of the board that their appointment was not
for self-aggrandisement and enrichment, Wike warned them not to
interfere with the day-to-day running of the parastatal agencies in
which they are serving.
He said that the day-to-day running of the agencies was the responsibility of the management team.
The parastatal agencies whose governing boards were inaugurated are,
the National Mathematical Centre, National Commission for Colleges of
Education and National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and
Others are the Boards of the Nigerian Arabic Language Village,
National Commission for Nomadic Education, Joint Admissions,
Matriculation Board, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Universal Basic
Education Commission, and Federal College of Education, Special,