Seventy-five percent of children in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State do not proceed with their education after completing primary school.

The Secretary, Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Isa Muhammad, quoted the report of a survey conducted by UNICEF, at the launch of the back-to-school and dissemination of behavioural campaign in Kankara on Wednesday.

The programme was being implemented in collaboration with UNICEF and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom after it was launched in Katsina on Tuesday.

According to the Secretary, the data had revealed that only 82 percent of children aged between six and 11 attend primary school, explaining that 28 percent were out of primary school, adding that 25 percent of the children between the ages of 12 to 14, were those in secondary schools, and 75 percent are out-of-school.

He said, “Thus, this signifies that the majority of the children that attend primary school do not transit to Junior Secondary School (JSS), as they drop-out at the primary level.”

The Secretary noted that Katsina State is one of the identified states in the northern parts of the country with a significant number of out-of-school children, saying that children within the 6-14 age bracket have a higher percentage.

He observed that the figures are alarming, with Kankara among the leading local government areas in the state, adding that access to secondary Schools is challenging.

He explained that in Kankara, which has an area of 1,462 square km in size, some students trek more than five km from their communities to the nearest secondary school.

He expressed delight that the state government and other development partners had achieved a lot in terms of ensuring that school-age children were in school, retained, complete, as well as transit to a higher level of education in the future.

Alhaji Isa Muhammad stated that transition is one of the challenges that had contributed to the out-of-school-children in the local government area, saying that as pupils complete the cycle, they were unable to transit to higher levels.

He noted that it is alarming and needs immediate attention or a state of emergency on education in Kankara, so as to propel avenues and activities, as well as implementing them to overcome the challenge.

Alhaji Nura Labaran, the Head of Administration, Kankara Local Government Council explained that the high number of out-of-school-children in the area was 95 percent caused by insecurity.

He observed that three percent of the cause could be attributed to inadequate learning structures and materials, while the rest two percent were due to human lapses.

Alhaji Nura Labaran commended the development partners, assuring the local government administration’s support for the success of the exercise.



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