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Nigeria, With Over 10m Out-of-School Children, Highest ln Africa — Minister


Nigeria has the highest number of Out-of-School Children in sub-Saharan Africa with an estimated 10. 1 million Out-of-School children, so declared the Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.

According to the minister, the current challenges affecting the Nigerian Education system has left much to be desired.

In addition, the system is characterised by high illiteracy level, infrastructural decay and deficits.

Nwajiuba, who disclosed this during the inauguration of “Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA)”, in Katsina, said the country has inadequate number of qualified teachers, inadequate infrastructural facilities and poor funding.

Congratulating the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on the giant strides to reposition education, the minister said: “lt is a clear demonstration of leadership quality and personal commitment to education, as well as the passion to revitalize the educational sector in order to develop the abundant human capital of the state.”

He said BESDA, which started in 2018, focuses on 17 states in the country, including all 13 states of the North-West and North-East geo-political zones, including Niger, Oyo, Ebonyi and Rivers.

In his remarks, Gov. Masari commended the Federal Ministry of Education and the Universal Basic Education Commission for their foresight and commitment for conceiving laudable programmes for the development of the education sector in particular and the development of society in general.

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