NIGERIA’S ILLITERACY RATING DROPS TO 31% SAYS EDUCATION MINISTER, ADAMU.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on September 23, 2022
Minister Of Education, Adamu Adamu Says Nigeria’s illiteracy rate has dropped from 38 percent to 31percent.
Represented by the Director, Basic Education Folake David, at the 2022 National Literacy Day celebration, identified continuous radio and television learning in post-covid-19 as responsible for the drop.
Thirty-one percent of Nigerians, approximately 60 million are illiterates.
This has been verified by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who insists the number is an improvement from the previous 38 percent illiteracy rate.
Adamu Adamu Also revealed that the inability to read in the English language is not the yardstick to pronounce one illiterate, people who have abilities to read in any Nigerian language, are literate
The National Commission for literacy, adult and non-formal education providing learning facilities at internally displaced person’s Camps, and continuous learning platforms in post-covid are helping to reduce the illiteracy rate among school-aged children and adult women, who dropped out of school over early marriages.
September every year is set aside by the United Nations to commemorate international literacy day.