Abuja- About 10 million children of school-going age are out of school in Nigeria largely as a result of poverty.
The Universal Basic Education Commission, Prof Charles Onocha, disclosed this at the flag-off of the Needs Assessment Survey for the integration of out-of-school children from South-East and South-South states.
Onocha could not reveal the circumstances that led to such a huge figure of 10-million school children dropping out of school, but quickly stated that the government was seeking ways to address the challenge.
Onocha said specific interventions geared towards broadening access and ensuring functional learning for Nigerian citizens were therefore being initiated to address the issue.
"Realising the enormous loss accruing to both its citizens and the country at large as a result of the impact of education on a large proportion of its youthful population, the government has redoubled efforts towards reversing the trend," he said.
He said priority programmes in this regard included integration of Almagiri education into the Basic Education Programme, All girls' school initiative and integration of out-of-school children from South East and South-South states.
"I am delighted to inform you that in the renewed drive for the education of known target groups, which hitherto had little or no access to education, the Nigerian government has initiated specific interventions geared towards broadening access and ensuring functional learning for its citizens," Onocha added.
- CAJ News