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13.2 Million Out of School Children in Nigeria

A recent survey has shown that the out of school children in Nigeria has increased from 10.5 million people to 13.2 million.

The Demographic Health Survey (DHS) was conducted in 2015 by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Nigerian Government but the results are not yet public.

However, Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education (UBEC), Hamid Bobboyi quoted from the findings of this survey at the Northern Nigerian Traditional Rulers Conference on Out-of-School Children pre-conference briefing in Abuja.

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Nigeria is reported to have the highest number of out of school children in the world. UBEC in April stated that the 10.5 million number was no longer reliable which led to conducting a fresh survey.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC was represented by the Director of Social Mobilization Bello Kaigara said the figure has increased to 13.2 million people.

“If you add the number of children that have been displaced and the increasing number of births, you find out that our source in DHS conducted by UNICEF published in 2015 reveals the number of out of school children increased to 13.2 million.

“Over the last few years, Nigeria has been besieged by Boko Haram and lots of children have been put out of school”, he said.

He added that the increase has affected the socio-economic progress of the country.

“This is equally affecting the implementation of some education treaties that Nigeria is a signatory to,” he said.

Speaking also is the Education Chief of UNICEF Terry Durnnian who said that the world will not help Nigeria to solve its problems.

“The number of out of school children calls for serious concern. Nigeria should take on the challenge of reducing out of school children. UNICEF will only lead and support the process of reducing out of school children,” he said.

Mr Durnnian said Nigeria accounts for more than one in five out-of-school children and 45 percent of out-of-school children in West Africa.

“Low budgetary allocation to education is a bane to the sector at all levels,” he said.

Credit: Premium Times 

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