A civic organisation using data to advocate for quality education in Nigeria, Eduplana has just released a report revealing the poor state of facilities and infrastructure in public schools across the 36 States of Nigeria.
The publication entitled “Bad Classrooms in Nigeria 2021” which was published on the organisation’s website (www.eduplana.com), also revealed that the report’s data was sourced from the Universal Basic Education Commission, it indicated that Nigeria had 570,188 classrooms of which 300,892 were in good conditions while almost 270,000 are in the most deplorable state.
In 2018, UBEC published that the total number of existing classrooms in primary schools was 406,778 of which 197,983 classrooms are dilapidated. While the total number of junior secondary classrooms was 82,113 of which 48,509 were in good condition and 33,604 were in a bad state.
According to the 2018 UBEC report, Kano, Kaduna, and Akwa Ibom have the highest number of primary school classrooms in Nigeria, with Oyo, Imo, and Katsina trailing them and Bayelsa state having the least.
Out of the total 3,903 primary school classrooms in Bayelsa, only 1,608 of them are in good condition. Kano, Oyo, and Kaduna top the list of states with primary school classrooms in good condition.
In Benue the LGEA primary school, Achusa was completely abandoned and needed to be urgently renovated and furnished with chairs and desks.
The report indicated that 47% of classrooms in Nigeria are in terrible condition. Across the Sub-Nationals, states have failed to provide a conducive learning environment. The Northwest has the highest numbers of both good and bad classrooms in Nigeria. See how the different states rank in terms of bad classrooms in their respective region.
The report also showed that Lagos, FCT, and Bayelsa have the least bad classrooms in primary schools across the country. Kano, Kaduna, and Niger states lead in the number of dilapidated classrooms.
Fourteen(14) Nigerian States, led by Nasarawa, have the highest percentage of bad classrooms in the country. They fall between 50-65% category. Anambra and Lagos have the least.
Lagos, FCT, and Bayelsa have the least dilapidated number of classrooms in primary schools across the country whiles Kano, Kaduna and Niger states lead.
According to UBEC, Imo, Oyo, and Ondo states have the highest numbers of Junior Secondary schools in the most deplorable conditions in Nigeria. Jigawa, Yobe, and Bayelsa have the least.
For states in the Northeast of Nigeria, Taraba has 57.5% of its total classrooms in dilapidated conditions, followed by Borno. While struggling to curb banditry and terrorism, a good learning environment can help reduce the recruitment of children into insurgency.
Strategic planning and the right policies can end the terrible state of our public schools in Nigeria.
And Lagos state seems to be moving in this direction by showing that purposeful leadership and judicious use of funds for school projects, can improve the state of our public schools in Nigeria today.