If their education is not taken seriously, 14million out-of-school children may become terrorists, kidnappers – Obasanjo

Still battling with the idea of school reopening in the federation, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo told the leaders of the country to take school education seriously .

warning that the 14 million out-of-school children in Nigeria may become terrorists, kidnappers, and armed robbers in future.

This was revealed on monday at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) bulletin stating that in the next 10 years, these out-of-school children could become perpetrators of heinous crimes in the society and nation at large.

Obasanjo called on policymakers and key players in the education sector to brace up for challenges as well as ensure that the quality of Nigeria’s education meets the UNESCO Education for All (EFA) standard.

Adding that if these 14 million out-of-school children are not taken care of in the next 10 years or so, they will constitute nuisance in the nation.

The former president also said that quality education in Nigeria should not always be about the number of universities available but about what students are expectedt to be doing.

whether if the learners meet the needs of the industry where they are situated, or whether they are delivering quality education and the ability to turn out appropriate products for market and industry.

"The government should be preoccupied with what product is coming out and not about the number or the size of the unversities. What matters are content and quality" He said.

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