Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has unveiled why the Northern region is retrograde in education.

During the speech on Thursday, the study team chaired by former Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, said the Northern states in the neglected to rank education.

The causes include, lack of incentives, poor infrastructure, insecurity, inadequate classrooms, playgrounds, computer laboratory.

Others include inadequate libraries, information services, laboratories, textbooks, audiovisual facilities, internet connectivity, poverty and early marriage.

Prof. Ruqayyatu stated that the Northern region does not lack excellent teachers as above 70 percent of teachers have National Certificate of Education (NCE).

The chairman of the group said that the report comes across all the 419 local governments in the nineteen Northern states and FCT.

NAN quoted her as saying: “Key findings are financial conditions of parents to cater for their children’s education, early marriage; incentive to promote access to education didn’t get to most parents. Majority have not benefited from school feeding.

“Challenge of girl child education is critical to the region, integration of Qur’anic education into basic education are some of the challenges facing education".

Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong and Northern States Governors Forum said the study should be presented to the Northern governor forum for implementation of the endorsement.

Danladi Abdul, the Secretary to the State Government, who represent Lalong said: “The challenges and recommendations are taken but we need lots of advocacy to get the political will among our colleagues.

“We will convene a meeting of the Northern States Governors Forum, so the lead researcher could present an executive summary to the governors to enable us to work on it.”

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