Nigeria: Number of out-of-school children reaches 536,132 in Katsina

Francois Sardauna in Katsina

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said yesterday that there were as many as 536,132 out-of-school children in Katsina State.

The international children’s agency explained that the statistics for out-of-school children were revealed by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

UNICEF Education Specialist Kano

Field Office Mr. Muntaka Mukhtar revealed this during a media dialogue on the Girls Education Project 3 (GEP3) funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and implemented by UNICEF.

This data is against the annual school census report released by the Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBE) 2021 which found that the state has 775,000 out-of-school children in the 34 local government areas.

The report further revealed that Kankara and Kafur LGAs have the highest number of out-of-school children in the state due to banditry and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mukhtar reiterated that one in five out-of-school children in the world are in Nigeria, while 536,132 out-of-school boys and girls are in Katsina State.

The UNICEF education specialist identified poverty, cultural norms, poor infrastructure, violence and fragility as well as child marriage as barriers to girls’ education in the state and in the country in general.