Education is a fundamental right of every individual in any given society, adult education inclusive. Provisions for adult education, however, were succinctly made in the National Policy on Education. Adult education is an indispensable tool in the process of national development. It offers the adult members of the society opportunities to acquire skills, knowledge, competencies, attitudes, values etc., through one of its programme or the other. Adult education goes beyond traditional schooling bringing about basic literacy-numeracy to personal fulfillment as a lifelong learning. This paper tries to identify the needed core subjects that the adult learner ought to offer and how they are administered, and as well examines how adult literacy-numeracy helps in bringing human development to the learner and society in general. Using the method of critical evaluation, the researchers find out that increase in human capital was identified as one of the basic benefits of adult education and inadequate training of adult educators is stated as one of the basic challenges of adult education. The researchers recommend that priority be placed on adult education to ensure active participation and effective productivity in adult education and workforce respectively.

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