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Nigeria Has Highest Number Of Out-Of-School Children In Sub-Saharan Africa

  • An estimated 10,193,918 Nigerian children are out of school

Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in sub-Saharan Africa, says the Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.

Mr Nwajiuba stated this during the inauguration of ‘Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA),’ in Katsina on Monday.

He said Nigeria had an estimated 10,193,918 children out of school.

According to him, the current challenges affecting the country’s education system leave much to be desired. The junior minister said high illiteracy, infrastructural decay, and deficits characterised the system.

“We have an inadequate number of qualified teachers, inadequate infrastructural facilities/resources, and poor funding,” he added.

Social initiatives such as the Homegrown School Feeding Programme – aimed at using food incentives to attract children to school – has been implemented by the federal government, although reports of administrative corruption are rife.

Majority of the out-of-school children in Nigeria are from the northern region of the country.


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