According to him, Nigerian kids are overschooled as they are sent off from home as early as 1 and end up living 20 years of their lives in classes. His tweet reads in full;
I think Nigerian kids are overschooled. Parents send them off as earlier as 1 and they spend the next 20 years of their lives in classes and lessons and holiday coaching and summer coaching and all whatnot. I intend to keep X at home till he’s 3. I hope…
While the tweet above is about those opportune to go to school, however it should be recalled that in 2017, the Nigerian government stated that it has the largest number of children in the world who are not being educated.
Acknowledging the scale of the problem the education ministry’s permanent secretary Adamu Hussaini said it was “sad to note” that Nigeria had 10.5 million children out of school. That was the first time senior officials have admitted the size of the problem.
Cultural factors have been blamed but critics point to a lack of money going to publicly funded schools. The UN’s children’s agency, Unicef, has been campaigning on this issue as well as a number of other groups.
On a visit to the country, education activist Malala Yousafzai met acting president Yemi Osinbajo and asked him to declare what she called “an education state of emergency in Nigeria”. Mr Hussaini said those most affected were girls, street children and the children of nomadic groups and added that economic prosperity can only be achieved with an “inclusive and functional education system”.
But BBC Hausa editor Jimeh Saleh says the failure in the education system is due to a lack of government funding, rather than any cultural factors as suggested by the ministry.
“Government funded schools in Nigeria have practically collapsed over the years because of poor funding leaving children from poor homes with nowhere to go but the streets,” he says.
Unicef estimates that 60% of Nigerian children not attending school live in the north of the country.