Reps want right to free basic education inserted in Nigeria’s Constitution

Free and compulsory basic education will become one of the fundamental constitutional rights due to every Nigerian if a bill now in the House of Representatives becomes law.

The bill seeks to alter Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution – the chapter that addresses fundamental rights such as right to life and freedom of expression. It seeks to include right to free basic education as one of those constitutional rights.

The bill, sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, scaled second reading on Thursday.

If passed, every Nigerian child would be entitled to free education in all government-owned primary schools, and whoever is denied this right can sue the defaulting school.

Mr Gbajabiamila explained that he chose to sponsor the bill to ensure the term “illiterate”…

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