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Nigeria to reduce out of school children by 70%



UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, estimated that 18.5 million Nigerian children were not enrolled in school as of recent data.

However, the federal government has stated that it hopes to cut the number of kids who miss school by 70%. This indicates that 12 million kids will be sent back to school by the federal government. 12.6 million children make up 70% of the 18.5 million total.

Yosola Akinbi, the Senior Special Advisor to the Vice President on Economic Matters, revealed this in a virtual interview with reporters.
She added that the federal government continues to place a strong emphasis on the issue of out-of-school children and that they aim to reduce it by 70%.

She said, “The out-of-school children in Nigeria is one of the things we are focusing on and the vision that we have in terms of target, is for us to see how we are going to reduce the out-of-school children by at least 70 percent.”

According to Akinbi, the federal government also intends to increase secondary school enrollment from 40% to 80% and primary school enrollment from 46% to 90%.

Her words, “We have a vision page. That vision page exactly tells us what we are trying to achieve. In terms of primary school enrolment we want to double it from 46 percent to 90 percent by 2030. Specifically focusing on doubling female enrolment.

“We also said we need to double secondary school completion rate, because we found out that it is not just about getting into secondary school, especially the girls, they do not complete secondary school. And so we think that we need to double it from 40 to 80 percent.

“Of course it is not just about getting these children in school, it is also very important to actually improve the outcomes, that’s why we need to achieve the 80 percent pass rate for students. That’s why we are working also on the teachers and the teacher’s education as well.”

In light of the federal government’s desire for 24 million healthy, educated, and productive Nigerians to enter the labor market, she expressed optimism that the country’s productivity level should reach 55 percent by 2030.

“It’s very ambitious but I think we must come from that high level to see how we would participate, contribute and be part of the process to ensure Nigeria moves forward by 2030. Nigeria’s productivity level should be at least 50, 55 percent by 2030.

“We want to have 24 million additionally healthy, educated and productive Nigerians serving and not stunted. We want to have educated and productive Nigerians entering the labour market by 2030,” she stated.

Nigeria to reduce out of school children by 70%