FG Plans To Enrol 2.9m Pupils In Schools Annually

The Federal Government on Monday said it plans to enroll about 2.9 million pupils annually in four years to reduce the figure of out-of-school children in Nigeria.

Nigeria currently has the highest number of out of school children in the world with 11. 4 million out–of–school children out of the 20 million worldwide.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said 60 per cent of the 11.4 million out-of-school children in Nigeria are girls.

Adamu, who said this at the presentation of “Education for change,” a Ministerial Strategic Plan (2016-2019) to stakeholders in Abuja, said only 3.1 million or 17 per cent nomadic children of school-age had access to basic education despite decades of intervention.

He therefore said government would urgently raise the national Net Enrollment Rate (NER) to ensure that all out-of-school children are enrolled in basic education schools in the next four years.

The minister said: “Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children in the world with 11. 4 million out- of-school children of the 20 million worldwide.

These include the girl-child, Almajiri-child, children of nomadic pastoralists and migrant fishermen and more recently the children displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“60 per cent of the 11.4 million out-of-school children in Nigeria are girls. Only a fraction (17 per cent) of the 3.1 million nomadic children of school-age has access to basic education despite decades of intervention. Similarly, only a small proportion of the FME’s 20120 estimate of 9.5 million Almajiri children have access to any form of basic education.”

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