The population of out-of-school children in Kano State has significantly decreased from 1,306,106 to 410,873.
Kano’s out-of-school children drops by 66%
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
A survey conducted by a sub-committee of the free and compulsory education policy across the 44 local government areas of the state indicated that the number was slashed by over fifty percent.
The committee attributed the success to the various intervention programmes the state government has introduced to rid the state of out-of-school children.
The report submitted to the governor listed the intervention programmes as 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 advocacy and sensitisation programmes by the administration.
A statement by Governor Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anwar, on Friday said the governor was so disturbed by the National Education Data Survey (NEDS) 2015 Report, which said the state accounted for the highest number of out-of-school children in the federation.
According to the statement, the NEDS report prompted the governor to introduce numerous intervention programmes including the free and compulsory education policy to take the children off Kano streets.
Part of the report reads: “The committee was mandated to liaise with relevant stakeholders and officials to undertake survey on Out-Of-School children in the state, with a view to generating a comprehensive and reliable data that will enable government to effectively implement the laudable policy of Free and Compulsory Basic and Secondary Schools Education in the state.”
The report added that out of the total number of 410,873 out-of-school children in the state, 275,917 are boys, wich represents 67% and 134,956 are girls, representing 33%.
The report, whoever, stated that Tofa Local Government Area has the lowest number of 2,184 out-of-school children and Rogo Local Government Area has the highest number of 15,899 out-of-school children.