The Education section examines the underlying structures of the Nigerian primary and junior secondary system. The emphasis is on establishing what factors contribute to functional illiteracy and to current levels of achievement by students who have completed Junior Secondary School 3. In keeping with TAPI’s holistic methodology, financial constraints, structural deficiencies, curriculum policies, and constitutional aspects will be related to one another. Sub-factors such as the impact of mother-tongue-based learning will likewise be examined. The section will place its findings in the context of overall policy priorities.
The growing trend of Nigerians falling below poverty line is underpinned by high population growth rate and modest economic growth rate. With this reality comes a number of socioeconomic challenges. Addressing this problem will require job and value creation that factors the changes in Nigeria’s demographics, paying particular attention to the youth and women, and increasing productivity across different economic value chains, respectively.
Solving the problems will require application of deep understanding of issues and challenges that have stymied the Nigerian economy, and innovative ideas, initiatives and programmes that will generate meaningful opportunities and jobs to improve the welfare of the citizens different from the dichotomous and exclusive economic growth that caused the problem in the first place.
In formulating appropriate interventions, cognisance must be taken of our realities and the sheer scale of the opportunities and jobs that must be created.
At TAPI, our approach starts with in-depth assessment of the causes of and nature of unemployment among different demographic groups, and analysis of options and alternatives for sustainable job and wealth creation. Additionally, we look at key sectors of the economy, infrastructure impediments and key drivers when determining sector absorptive capacities, productivity enhancement and contribution to national GDP.
Careful consideration of the issues and challenges in the Nigerian economy resulted in the identification of health, education, transportation, energy, public-sector service and finance as key factors to achieve the overarching goals of job and wealth creation. Research carried out in these key areas allows TAPI to assess appropriateness and adequacy of government policies.
In keeping with the Institute’s interest in promoting the country’s socio-economic development, the Education section also devotes its attention to analysing the potential Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has for Nigeria’s progress and to appraising the opportunities for combatting adult illiteracy, in particular illiteracy amongst women. It seeks to quantify the socio-economic costs to the nation of ignoring these fields and appraises what expenditure would be necessary to secure an effective TVET and adult literacy programme.