The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday lamented that 75 percent of the children in Nigeria cannot read or solve basic mathematics problems.
The UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate, stated this in a statement marking this year’s International Day of Education.
The affected children, according to him, are between the ages of seven and 14 years.
The UNICEF official urged the Federal Government to give more priority attention to education in the country.
He also challenged the presidential candidates to include investments in education as one of their cardinal programmes ahead of this year’s elections.
…“In Nigeria, 75 percent of children aged 7 to 14 years cannot read a simple sentence or solve a basic mathematics problem. For children to be able to read or learn, they must be able to learn to read in the first three years of schooling.