Posted by Fred Ezeh, Abuja | 2 August 2018 | 1,915 times
The Federal Government has confirmed that Nigeria occupies first position on the table of countries with high number of out-of-school children in the world.
The government could, however, not justify its claim with a verifiable figure, but insisted that local and international evidences have given credibility to the report that Nigeria has performed poorly in managing out-of-school children.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, divulged the information, on Wednesday, at a meeting with the state commissioners of education as part of the 63rd National Council on Education (NCE) meeting, in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary, in his remarks, confirmed that a greater percentage of the children are found in northern Nigeria.
He said, “The only challenge was that we could not provide accurate figure to that effect. International organisations use 10.5 million as figure of out of school children. But our local statistics indicated that 12.7 million was the highest figure and 6.7 million was the lowest figure.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, in his remarks, lamented that absence of reliable and realistic data has continued to affect the implementation of education policies in Nigeria.
He was hopeful that the National Enrolment Drive Campaign that was launched in January would address the huge number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, especially in northern Nigeria.
The Minister, thus, appealed to education stakeholders to extensively and constructively discuss identified issues that concern the Nigerian education sector and proffer realistic solutions to identified problems.
• Excerpted from a Daily Sun report
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