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Nigeria’s out of school children population is down from 10.5m to 6.9m- BMO

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 The current number of out of school children in Nigeria is 6 9 million contrary to the various figures bandied around in the media space According to the Buhari Media Organisation BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke the figure recently cited by the minister of education Adamu Adamu is more authentic than figures from any other source In recent times various figures have been quoted by different individuals and groups as the number of out of school children in the country without a recourse to the actual authorities What we find surprising is that many have opted to ignore data supplied by the education ministry as far back as 2021 and prefer instead to hold on to outdated information for whatever reason We recall that at the 2020 annual ministerial press briefing of the ministry addressed by Minister Adamu Adamu in January 2021 he was emphatic that Nigeria now has 6 9 million out of school children contrary to the previous figure of 10 5m that was first released in 2015 but is still being cited by many individuals and groups And only recently the minister used the occasion of another ministerial briefing to emphasize that the number has since 2020 dropped to 6 9m as a result of some of the initiatives introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration it added The group said that an initiative known as Better Education Service Delivery for All BESDA has been instrumental in improving enrolment in schools in many parts of the country BESDA is the singular most important initiative by the All Progressives Congress APC led administration that has helped to drastically reduce the number of out of school children in the country This initiative which was launched in 2018 and backed by a 611million dollars World Bank funding has focused on increasing school enrolment in 17 states which are considered as having the highest number of out of school children Data obtained from the Education ministry show that in one year alone a total of 1 053 422 out of school children were enrolled in schools in the 17 beneficiary States under the BESDA programme as follows Adamawa 25 714 Bauchi 83 391 Borno 62 336 Ebonyi 65 471 Gombe 52 600 Jigawa 47 416 Kaduna 39 091 Kano 302434 Katsina 26 555 Kebbi 25 556 Niger 73 568 Oyo 40 007 Rivers 22 782 Sokoto 71 000 Taraba 24 246 Yobe 72 000 and Zamfara 19 055 We also know that the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has just kicked off the process of ascertaining the accurate number of out of school children as well as teachers in both private and public schools at basic education level across Nigeria This is to enable the agency have accurate verifiable and reliable data especially as the last time such a headcount was done was in 2018 And we dare say this is one of the reasons UNICEF is still holding on to an outdated figure of out of school children rather than the one that the education ministry has released since January 2021 BMO added that the ministry of education and its agencies were better placed than any individual or group to provide the most accurate data on school enrolment in the country ABI NewsSourceCredit NAN
Nigeria’s out of school children population is down from 10.5m to 6.9m- BMO

The current number of out-of-school children in Nigeria is 6.9 million, contrary to the various figures bandied around in the media space.

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Buhari Media Organisation

According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the figure recently cited by the minister of education Adamu Adamu is more authentic than figures from any other source.

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“In recent times, various figures have been quoted by different individuals and groups as the number of out-of-school children in the country without a recourse to the actual authorities.

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“What we find surprising is that many have opted to ignore data supplied by the education ministry as far back as 2021 and prefer instead to hold on to outdated information for whatever reason.

Minister Adamu Adamu in January

“We recall that at the 2020 annual ministerial press briefing of the ministry addressed by Minister Adamu Adamu in January 2021, he was emphatic that ‘Nigeria now has 6.9 million out-of-school children contrary to  the previous figure of 10.5m that was first released in 2015, but is still being cited by many individuals and groups.

Muhammadu Buhari

” And only recently, the minister used the occasion of another ministerial briefing to emphasize that the number has since 2020 dropped to 6.9m as a result of some of the initiatives introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration,” it added.

Better Education Service Delivery for All

The group said that an initiative known as Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) has been instrumental in improving enrolment in schools in many parts of the country.

All Progressives Congress

BESDA is the singular most important initiative by the  All Progressives Congress APC-led administration that has helped to drastically reduce the number of out-of-school children in the country.

World Bank

“This initiative which was launched in 2018 and backed by a 611million dollars World Bank funding has focused on increasing school enrolment in 17 states which are considered as having the highest number of out-of-school children.

“Data obtained from the Education ministry show that in one year alone, a total of 1,053,422 out-of-school children were enrolled in schools in the 17 beneficiary States under the BESDA programme as follows: Adamawa, 25,714; Bauchi, 83,391; Borno, 62,336; Ebonyi, 65,471; Gombe, 52,600; Jigawa, 47,416; Kaduna, 39,091; Kano, 302434; Katsina, 26,555; Kebbi, 25,556; Niger, 73,568; Oyo, 40,007; Rivers, 22,782; Sokoto, 71,000; Taraba, 24,246; Yobe, 72,000 and Zamfara, 19,055.

Universal Basic Education Commission

“We also know that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has just kicked off the process of ascertaining the accurate number of out-of-school children as well as teachers in both private and public schools at basic education level across Nigeria.

“This is to enable the agency have accurate, verifiable and reliable data,  especially as the last time such a headcount was done was in 2018.
“And we dare say, this is one of the reasons  UNICEF is still holding on to an outdated figure of out-of-school children rather than the one that the education ministry has released since January 2021.”
BMO added that the ministry of education and its agencies were better placed than any individual or group to provide the most accurate data on school enrolment in the country.

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