Over 18m children out of school in Nigeria – UNICEF

An official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Dr. Tusher Rane, has said that 10.2 million children of primary school-age,and another 8.1 million at the junior secondary level are out of school in Nigeria.

Rane said this at a stakeholders’ meeting, held in Gombe state. Despite the grim revelation, Rane said that only 63 percent of primary school children attend school regularly. Of particular concern to the body, according to Rane, are children from the North-East and North-West parts of Nigeria.

“An analysis of the MICS reports between 2011 and 2021 shows an increase in dropout rates across all genders at the primary level especially in the northern part of the country. Specifically, the primary-level dropout rate rose from 1% in 2011 to 5% in 2021,” he said.

“This consistent pattern suggests that, compared to a decade ago, the education system in Nigeria faces challenges in retaining students and ensuring their continued education across all the regions and the problem persists in the North-East and North-West.

“We have developed the “National Framework of Action to Reduce the Number of Out-of-School Children in Nigeria” and the “Retention, Transition, and Completion Model” which ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all, ” he said.




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