The federal government has revealed that Nigeria has an estimated 10,193,918 population of out-of-school children.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this during the 12th edition of the ministerial press briefing over the weekend, stated that the data was based on the recently conducted National Personnel Audit of both public and private schools in the country.
“The most endemic states of the out- of- school children include; Kano, Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba, Sokoto. Others are: Yobe, Zamfara, Oyo, Benue, Jigawa and Ebonyi,” he said.
Adamu who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Arch Sonny Echono expressed sadness that Nigeria has one of the highest numbers of out-of-school children in sub-Saharan Africa. . with conflicting figures of the actual number,adding that the government is determined to get the exact number of these children.
“The good news is that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and other stakeholders including the National Population Commission and the National Bureau of Statistics have been working towards this common goal of determining the number of children of school age who are not in school.
“Similarly, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), the World Bank (WB), United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and other development partners are collaborating efforts to reduce the number of out- of school children.
“For now, based on the recently conducted National Personnel Audit of both Public and Private schools, Nigeria has an estimated out of school children population of 10.193,918,” he said.
He added that to increase the number of children in school, the federal government has constructed 2,493 classrooms, 2,457 VIP toilets,19 laboratories,91 boreholes, renovated, 1,266 classrooms, procured 192,985 pupils and 10,038 teachers’ furniture in several schools in the country.
Adamu added that government had also disbursed grants to 169 Tsangaya/Almajiri teachers/proprietors in 27 states and also constructed 60 Junior Model Girls Schools for the second chance education opportunities.
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