The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has reported the population of Nigeria’s out-of-school children has increased from 10.5 million to at 13.2 million.
The Executive Secretary of the organization, Hammid Bobboyi, said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday during a United Nations Children’s Fund briefing on out-of-school children.
He said, “Over the last few years, Nigeria has been besieged by the Boko Haram and lots of children have been put out of school.
“If you add the number of children that have been displaced and the increasing number of births, you find out that our source in DHS conducted by UNICEF published in 2015 reveals that the number of out-of-school children has increased to 13.2 million.
“This is equally affecting the implementation of some education treaties that Nigeria is a signatory to”.
In a related development, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said it is collaborating with over 200 traditional rulers from 19 northern states to decide on the best way to handle children who are out of school, saying the majority of them are from the region.
The United Nations agency said the reason why more children were out of school in the North was “rooted in socio-cultural and economic environment barriers, cost of education, poverty and negative perceptions to formal education”.