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Out-of-school children drops from 1.3m to 410,873 in Kano – Report


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A survey conducted by the Kano State 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 to 410,873 recorded in 2015.

Recall 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.

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According to the report, 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%.

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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.

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However, a statement on Friday by Abba Anwar, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, said the governor’s policies and behaviour towards improving quality education did the magic of reducing the number to 410,873 within a few years.

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.

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“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 noted.

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