The Minister of State for Education, Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, has said that Nigeria has more than 10 million out-of-school children, the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nwajiuba made this known at the launching of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) by the Jigawa State government, in Dutse, the State capital, yesterday.
According to him, “With an estimated 10,193,918 children out-of-school, Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nwajiuba, however, urged stakeholders to strengthen the quality of education by addressing factors that denied children access to basic education.
According to him, the BESDA programme is designed to result in better life for all children, with the aim of increasing equitable access for out-of-school children, improve literacy and strengthen accountability for results at the basic education level in the focus States.
The minister noted that the programme focuses on 17 States, which include the entire 13 States of the North-West and North-East geographical zones as well as Niger, Oyo, Ebony and Rivers.
He said that the selection of the States was based on the prevalence of the number of out-of-school children in the country.
On his part, Gov. Muhammad Badaru, of Jigawa State, said in a bid to increase equitable access and quality delivery in basic education sub-sector, 1,393 teachers were recruited in 2018.
Badaru also said screening was on-going for the recruitment of 4,000 teachers on J-teach.