UBEC disburses N4.3 billion for special needs education

A total of N4,257,638,624.66 has been disbursed to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory for the education of children with special needs within three years, The punch reports.

This was in a document obtained from the Universal Basic Education Commission by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

The punch reports that the National Education Policy, designed by the Federal Ministry of Education, classifies children with visual and hearing impairments, physical and health impairments, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, speech and language, learning disabilities, multiple disabilities, the gifted and talented as well as people living with albinism such as people with special needs.

In the document seen by our correspondent, UBEC noted that it disbursed a total of N4,257,638,624.66 between 2016 and 2018.

He said, however, that the document was his last.

In 2016, each state and the FCT secured N47,942,799.68 each, while in 2017 the states and the FCT secured N30,400,600 each.

The disbursement was increased in 2018 with each state and the FCT getting a total of N36,727,914.50 each.

Speaking in an interview with The punch, an education advocate and CareerEdu Foundation organizer, Toluwalase Adeniyi, said, “If these states access these funds, they can easily find ways to get materials and things that will make it easier for these states to learn. children. Special needs education is not straightforward; it’s not just about learning ABC. This is why we talk about the quality of teachers.

“It is glorified service. There are teachers who want to get involved but the government itself is not ready to pay much. This is an area that, if not talked about, they (the government) may not even remember. »

The punch reports that data from the Federal Ministry of Education indicates that Special Needs Schools in Nigeria exist as full-fledged Special Needs Schools i.e. they only enroll students with special needs; and inclusive schools (all categories of students, including those with special needs).

So far, only 1,177 full-fledged special schools exist in the country, with Kano (153), Kaduna (79) and Lagos (75) having the highest number of special schools.

The country currently has 33,603 inclusive schools, with Kano State leading with 3,522 schools; Kaduna State with 2,296 and Katsina State with 2,096.

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