Two committees of the House of Representatives have reiterated their commitment to amending the Universal Basic Education Act 2004 towards ensuring free, safe and quality girls’ education up to the secondary school level.
The House Committees on Women in Parliament and Basic Education made the pledge during an event to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day on Monday in Abuja. The event was organised by Malala Fund and its Education Champions, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre and the #AmendUBEAct Coalition.
Highlighting the need for gender-responsive education policies in Nigeria, Chair, House Committee on Women in Parliament, Taiwo Oluga, said women made up about 100 million of the country’s 200 million population, hence, the need to educate and empower women towards contributing to the nation’s development.
According to her, the House of Representatives is committed to completing the on-going amendment process of the UBE Act (2004).
UBE act amendment bill is at the committee stage at the House of Representatives. The bill seeks to provide a legal framework for free, safe and quality education up to twelve years, ensure an increase in basic education financing and promote gender-responsive learning, among others.