The Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Sununu, said the learning crisis had been a challenge the education sector is faced with which needs urgent solution.
The minister revealed this at the National Conference on the Learning Crisis in Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday, lamenting that “the consequences of the learning crisis are far-reaching and profound as we risk widening the already significant education gap, perpetuating a cycle of poverty, illiteracy, diseases and stifling innovation and progress.
“Education is the cornerstone of societal progress and individual empowerment, yet the challenges we currently confront demand our immediate attention, dedication, and action.
“In recent years, Nigeria has been grappling with a severe learning crisis that hinders our youth from achieving their fullest potential.
“A significant portion of our school-aged population, especially those in underserved communities, face barriers to access quality
“The factors contributing to this crisis are multifaceted and include inadequate infrastructure, teacher shortage, unequal
distribution of resources, outdated curricula, and socio-economic disparities,” he said.
Sununu said the country must rise to protect the potential and aspiration of the youths, saying they are the greatest asset and hope for a prosperous future.
He expressed the political will of President Bola Tinubu to raise education budgetary allocation from 8 per cent to 25 per cent in the next few years.
He said the gesture would be a major breakthrough in addressing the learning crisis issues.