Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau inaugurated the Nigerian Education website today in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development.
Shekarau stated that the website was aimed at easing the access to education information which would in turn enhance the quality of teaching in the country.
The minister was represented by the permanent secretary of the Education ministry, Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, who said that he believed the website would act as a mechanism to assist in gathering information for planners and researchers.
He said, ”I anticipate that this valuable new resource will inform and contribute to the important work that we are all doing in securing improved access to quality education in Nigeria.
”Our future success is not only based on the quality of our education system but also on the ability to generate information about it.
”It is, therefore, noteworthy that the website covers information on diverse areas of education, including access, gender, governance, quality, and specifically, teachers.”
He also appealed to specialists in the education sector to tap into the tool and enhance their work.
Government agencies were also urged to make use of the tool to facilitate the achievement of their goals.
Country Director, Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria, Prof. Oladele Akogun, an initiative of DFID, said every data concerning education in Nigeria was on the website.
According to him, the website provides a literature review of basic education in Nigeria and sorts out information state by state for easy accessibility.
The website URL is http://www.nigeria-education.org/home