The Bauchi State Government on Thursday said a total of 79,322 girls are out of school in the state.
Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board,Alhaji Abdullahi Dabo,gave the figure in Gwaram, Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state at the 2013/2014 School Enrollment Drive campaign.
The figure was collated from 466 communities in the state.
Dabo said “these communities were mapped out between March and April, with financial and technical support from UNICEF, with the board assessing the level of school enrollment”.
“And after the exercise, we got the figure — 79,322 as the number of girls out of school, which shows that there are still a lot of work to be done to improve on the situation”
“The current administration recognizes that education is a crucial factor to ending global poverty”.
“With education, employment opportunities will be broadened, income levels increased and maternal and child health will also be improved”.
“It was based on that the state government is providing free and compulsory public education to its citizens”.
The chairman urged parent to enroll their children of five to six years old children in schools. He further pledged the commitment of the Bauchi State government to renovate and build more schools for improved accessibility.
Mrs Saratu Yunusa, UNICEF ‘D’ Officer in Bauchi, urged community leaders to make efforts to ensure that all school-age children, especially the girl-child were enrolled in schools. (NAN)
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