In a significant move to prioritize education and child welfare, the Nigerian Senate has passed a bill for first reading that proposes strict measures for parents failing to provide their children with primary and secondary school education. The bill, titled ‘Compulsory free Universal Basic Education Act 2004, Section 2,” was introduced by Senator Orji Kalu and aims to guarantee compulsory and accessible education for every child in the country.
Under the proposed legislation, parents who default in ensuring their children receive primary and junior secondary school education may face a fine of N50,000. This initiative reflects the Senate’s commitment to enforcing the necessary steps to achieve universal basic education in Nigeria, as mandated by the Universal Basic Education Act of 2004.
Furthermore, the Senate has recommended the provision of free meals for every child across the nation. This progressive measure aims to address the prevalent issue of child malnutrition while promoting a healthy learning environment for students.
The bill emphasizes the collective responsibility of both the federal and state governments in ensuring the availability and accessibility of quality education for every Nigerian child. It places the onus on the government to provide free, compulsory, and universal basic education that covers primary and junior secondary school education.
By introducing this bill, Senator Orji Kalu and the Nigerian Senate demonstrate their commitment to improving the educational landscape in the country. The legislation seeks to strengthen the enforcement of compulsory education, encouraging parents to prioritize their children’s educational development.
This development has sparked a nationwide conversation about the significance and accessibility of education for all children. Supporters argue that this bill will encourage increased school enrollment rates and ultimately contribute to the overall growth and development of the nation. However, critics raise concerns about the potential financial burden on parents who may already be struggling with economic difficulties.
As the bill moves forward in the legislative process, it is expected to undergo rigorous debate and consideration. If successfully passed into law, this legislation will mark a pivotal milestone in Nigeria’s commitment to ensuring comprehensive and accessible education for every child in the country.