Wastage Factor in Universal Basic Education Programme Implementation in Nigeria: The Way out


The need to increase the access of the citizens to basic education and achieve reform in the education sector, prompted Federal Government of Nigeria to inaugurate Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme in 1999. There was however the expectation that every individual that seeks the basic education will complete the required training and thus enjoy the literacy, numeracy, and communicative skills dividends; further their education or become self-sustained in the society. Amid the implementation of this programme, with the commitment of stupendous financial, human, and material resources to it, it is obvious that not all the children that seek the basic education are completing their training while many among those that complete it do so at additional cost. This paper examines the issue of wastage amid Universal Basic Education programme implementation in Nigeria. Evidences that buttressed the prevalence of the issue of wastage amid the implementation of the programme were gathered from literature just as measures to combat it and ensure that the investment on the programme yield the expected dividends such as: adequate funding of the UBE Programme, recruitment, training and motivation of teachers, combating poverty, provision of adequate infrastructure and facilities; tackling of corruption; proper mobilization of parents against the withdrawal of children from schools; creation of scholarships and bursary opportunities for students at federal, state and local levels, supported by private sector contributions; provision of jobs for graduates of educational institutions; effective monitoring of schools and teachers, among others, were raised.