27 percent of girls in Nigeria not in school

 Temitope Mustapha , Abuja

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About 27.2 percent of school age girls in Nigeria are currently not enrolled.

According to a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICs)5, of 2016 and 2017 conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics in Collaboration with the UNICEF and other partners , about 60 percent of children of school age are out of school.

UNICEF Evaluation Expert, Maureen Okolo who said this at a media dialogue on data driven reporting organized by UNICEF, added that the Northeast with 53.3 percent, retains the highest number of girls (of primary school age) who are out of school while the South-east with 46.2 percent has the lowest number of girls out of school.

Okolo noted that about 51 percent of girls of primary school age who are not enrolled in schools are based in rural areas while 52.5 percent of the girls are in urban areas.

The report revealed that Borno State with 70.7 percent, has the highest numbers of girls of primary school age that are out of school, while Abia state with 33.0 percent, indicated that more girls of primary school age, attend the first stage of basic education.

The education expert also added that 51.7% of girls who are of secondary school age, are among the total out of school population in Nigeria.

MICs 5 also shows that a lack of formal education of mothers contributed to the increased figures of out of school children .

Contained in the report are statistics of mothers with non formal education put at 44.4%; mothers with primary education 79.6%; mothers with secondary education, 86.8% and mothers with higher education are at 91.6% in a random sampling  of 36,176 women.

The MICs report shows an increase in the numbers of girls who are currently out of school both at the primary and secondary school level.

The survey results also showed that more efforts were needed to encourage girls to school in Northern Nigeria, by reassuring them of security for the girl child in basic schools.