UK aid ‘not improving Nigerian education’

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Millions of pounds of UK government aid to Nigerian schools has failed to produce any major improvement in pupil learning, an independent watchdog says.

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact said the aid scheme was being undermined by a shortage of effective teachers and a lack of local support.

So far £102m has been spent in 10 Nigerian states, with a further £126m committed to 2019.

The UK government said the report had a limited focus but would be reviewed.

The Department for International Development’s (Dfid) education programme is operating “in a very challenging environment, with too few effective teachers, poor infrastructure and unpredictable state funding all contributing to poor learning outcomes for pupils in basic education”, the ICAI said in its critical report.

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