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FG inaugurates committee on Inclusive Education

The Ministry of Education has inaugurated the National Policy on Inclusive Education Review Committee to guarantee education for all in the country.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. David Adejo explained that the review of the policy became necessary to deal with emerging issues, challenges and gaps identified in the education system.

According to him, promoting inclusive education for all entails that all learners, irrespective of disability, gender, giftedness, or other characteristics must have equal access to quality education and noted that the government approved National Policy on Inclusive Education in Nigeria in 2017.

The document was found to be deficient in some areas of implementation, review therefore, becomes necessary to deal with emerging issues. This review will ensure that the country adopts global best practices to improve the lives of learners with disabilities’’, Dr. Adejo said.

Dr. Adejo who listed some terms of reference for the committee to include the study of existing inclusive education policy, identify emerging issues and implementation strategy plan, noted that the final copy of the report will be submitted to the Federal Executive Council, FEC for approval.

Responding, the Chairman of the committee and Director, Education Planning, Research and Development, Mr Adeoye Adeleye, gave an assurance that the committee would put in its best to meet up with the task.

Chief Executive Office of the Albino Foundation, Mr. Jake Epelle who explained that Nigeria formulated the second inclusive education policy in Africa six years ago, said the review would bring the policy up to date with global best practices.

Reporting by Julian Osamoto, Editing by Marian Benjamin; Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu