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Court orders FG, States to provide free, compulsory education

A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice John Tsoho has declared that the every Nigerian child has the constitutional right to free and compulsory primary education, and free junior secondary education.

The court further declared that the federal and state governments have constitutional duties to provide adequate fund for the said free and compulsory education, warning that failure to respect the ruling will constitute a breach of the Nigerian Constitution.

The court stated that even though the right to free education in section 18(3)(a) of the Constitution was ordinarily not enforceable being in chapter 2 of the Constitution, by the National Assembly enacting the Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act, of 2004, the Act has made that provision of the constitution an enforceable right.

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