Presidency Asks States To Assist In Reducing Nigeria’s Out Of School Children
Federal Government has asked state governors to take deliberate steps in reducing the population of out of school children in their respective states.
It told the state government that millions of children are now roaming the streets instead of being in classrooms.
Education Minister of State, Goodluck Opiah, spoke on the issue on Thursday while flagging off the national campaign on out-of-school children in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The minister who said there was nothing to cheer if one single child is out of school, expressed concern that the population of out of school children in Nigeria is worrisome, as it was highest in sub Saharan Africa.
Opiah asks state governments to address the challenges keeping children from schools by strengthening the quality of education and addressing factors denying children access to basic education.
Governor Dapo Abiodun said he was worried over the growing population of out of school population, despite the various programmes and policies being rolled out to reduce their number.
In Ogun State, the governor said the yearly enrollment of pupils into schools had been on the rise with about 1.7 million in 2021.
The State Education Commissioner, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, also said the state government had abolished the payment of levies in basic schools.