Abuja - A significant number of Nigerians believe the local education system is competent but suggest the provision of free education to improve the system.
This is according to results of a survey recently conducted ahead of International Literacy Day, marked on Tuesday.
According to NOIPolls, the surveyors, the overall majority (45 percent) rated the Nigerian educational system as good, compared with 35 percent who rated the system as poor.
Furthermore, 20 percent are neutral rating the Nigerian educational system neither good nor poor.
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From the geo-political standpoint, the findings show that the North-East zone accounted for the highest proportion of respondents (70 percent) that rate the Nigerian educational system as good.
The North-West zone had the highest proportion of respondents (40 percent) that say the educational system is poor while the South-South zone accounted for the highest proportion of respondents (19 percent) that says the educational system is very poor.
Meanwhile, the overall majority (37 percent) suggested that in order to improve the educational system and reduce the number of children out of school, government should “provide free education.”
In addition, 30 percent of respondents were of the opinion that steps should be taken to “employ qualified teachers and motivate them.”
Some other respondents (19 percent) suggested that “Government should equip the schools”, while 10 percent think “Government should build more schools.”
Also, 3 percent suggested that more public awareness be created on the importance of education.
About 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school, according to a report released by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation in 2013.
According to NOPOlls, 57 percent of Nigerians agreed with the report.
The opinion poll was conducted on June 18 to 20.
It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. A total of 1 010 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPOlls stated.
- CAJ News