Kano govt claims out-of-school children dropped to 410,873

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The Kano State government has claimed that the number of out-of-school children in the state had reduced to 410,873.

It made reference to a survey conducted by the government’s sub-committee on out-of-school children has revealed that school enrolment has increased in the state, thereby reducing the number from 1,306,106 in 2015.

EduCeleb.com that a 2015 report by the National Education Data Survey (NEDS) had shown that the state had the highest number of out-of-school children with 1,306,106.

Equally, a much recent data from the Federal Ministry of Education in 2018 ranking Kano the highest with 989,234 children.

But the Kano government in its statement revealed that its committee found that from the total number of 410,873 out-of-school children in the state, 275,917 are boys, that represents 67% and 134,956 are girls, representing 33%.

The report indicates further that, Tofa local government has the lowest number of 2,184 out-of-school children and Rogo has the highest number of 15,899 out-of-school children.

A statement on Friday by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar suggested that the purported reduction was due to the governor’s policies and behaviour towards improving quality education.

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According to him, another factor gave birth to the reduction include the recently most popular education policy in the state, free and compulsory basic and secondary education.

“Parts of the interventions that resulted in the drastic drop of out-of-school children from 2015 to 2019, according to the submitted report are, re-introduction of state school feeding of primary 1 to 3 by Community Promotion Council, CPC, creation of new Emirates, National Home Grown Feeding programme of primary 1 to 3, Global Partnership for Education/Nigeria Partnership for Education Project (GPE/NIPEP), provision of free school uniform by government and other philanthropists and advocacy and sensitisation by government,” the statement added.

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