- The education minister, Adamu Adamu, has disclosed that 10,193,918 are out-of-school nationwide, and has revealed why
- Adamu listed financial incapacitation, violent conflicts, ignorance on part of parents, amongst other things as reasons for this
- The minister said the Buhari administration is seeking the best ways of reducing the number to the barest minimum
Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, has stated that the number of out-of-school children across the country is estimated at 10,193,918. He further explained why many kids are not enrolled in primary and secondary schools.
The minister made the disclosure at a press conference on Friday, April 12, Daily Trust reports.
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Legit.ng gathers that Adamu, who was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, disclosed that the reasons why there were millions of out-of-school children included financial incapacitation, violent conflicts, ignorance on the part of parents/guardian and lack of political will to confront the ugly phenomenon.
He further cited socio-cultural complexities, distance to schools, physically challenged children, child labour, migration, and orphanages as some of the reasons why children were not in school.
He listed states where the problem was endemic as Kano, Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, Oyo, Benue, Jigawa and Ebonyi.
He stated: “For us as an administration, our concerns have been two-fold; to find an empirical means of getting the figures right and the best ways of reducing the number to the barest minimum.”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that a shocking survey by the United Nations revealed that the number of Nigerian kids who were out of school had risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world.
The children were stated to be in Nigeria's northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa where Boko Haram insurgency has paralysed academic activities.
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