Nigeria now has highest number of Out-of-School Children — Minister

The Minister of State, Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said Nigeria has the highest number of Out-of-School Children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nwajiuba stated this during the inauguration of: “Better Education Service Delivery For All,” in Katsina on Monday.

He announced that Nigeria has an estimated 10,193,918 out of school children.

According to him, the current challenges affecting the Nigerian education system has left much to be desired, saying the system is characterized by high illiteracy level, infrastructural decay and deficits.

Nwajiuba congratulated the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on his giant stride to reposition education in the state.

He said this is a clear demonstration of leadership quality and personal commitment to education as well as the passion to revitalise the educational sector in order to develop the abundant human capital of the state.

The Minister stated that BESDA focuses on 17 states in the country, including all 13 states of the North West and North East geopolitical zones.

Niger, Oyo, Ebonyi and Rivers State are also included.

In his remarks, Masari commended the Federal Ministry of Education and the Universal Basic Education Commission for their foresight and commitment in coming up with laudable programmes for the development of the education sector in particular and the development of society in general.

The program started in 2018.

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