… As Primary School Enrolment Increase by 17.8% in Kebbi
By Victor Osae IHIDERO, Birnin Kebbi
Following the identification of approximately 500,000 Out of School Children across 9 Local Government Areas in Kebbi State, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Education, Rafa’atu Hamani has said that Primary school enrolment has increased by 17.8%.
The figure according to her, was findings from a 2016 Community households mapping conducted by the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), in 9 LGAs of Argungu, Bagudo, Dandi, Danko-Wasagu, Gwandu, Koko-Besse, Maiyama, Shanga and Zuru.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the 2016/2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) placed the State Out of School Children ratio at 33.6%, which according to her violated the child’s right to quality education as enshrined in Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) signed by Nigerian Government in 1989.
“According to 2016 Community households mapping conducted by SUBEB as supported by UNICEF and Qatar Foundation under the “EDUCATE A CHILD (EAC) PROJECT” , 491,936 (226,888 F) out of school children were identified in 9 EAC LGAs.” Hamani said.
She added that, if the Out-of-school children population remains unaddressed, the population will have negative effects on security, economic, political and several other sectors saying that this may hinder Kebbi State’s and Nigeria’s pursuits of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) education targets.
“Partnership between Kebbi State Government and UNICEF on Basic Education programme focuses on improved equitable access, learning outcomes, completion of quality education.
“Kebbi State Government recognizes education as a fundamental human right and the right of every child to education. This is why the present administration accords the sector a higher priority in the State development agenda.
“The policy framework for educational delivery in Kebbi State is mainly the National Policy on Education (NPE). Other policies approved by the State such as Kebbi State Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (KBSEEDS) that addresses the peculiar needs and operational problems of the State also exists. The State’s policies on education are guided by the national goals or global targets to which Nigeria owes obligation such as SEEDS, UBE, EFA, SDGs, and Vision 20, 2020. She noted.