The primary school enrollment data across Nigerian states have shown that girls are less enrolled in primary school than boys, according to a report, which reveals a huge gap in the country’s implementation of the universal basic law.
According to the available report (http://www.education.gov.ng/index.php/78-featured/152-nemis) on Nigeria Digest of Education Statistics by Federal Ministry of Education, 48.1% of Nigeria’s girls are in primary school while 51.9% of boys are enrolled.
The figures, however, vary across states. While Zamfara State has the lowest enrollment rate for girls with 35.5%, Oyo State has the highest with 51.7%, Akwa Ibom with 51.1%.
Others states that made top spots are Anambra with 51%, Lagos with 50.5%, Ebonyi with 50.2% and FCT with 50.1%. Osun has 49.8% of girl child enrollment in primary school, Ekiti has 49.7% while Rivers, Kano and Delta equally have 49.6%.
Boys are more enrolled in Zamfara with 64.5% then followed by Sokoto and Kebbi with 61.3% and 61.1% respectively.
While the law states that primary school education is compulsory for all Nigerian children, the data released by the Federal Ministry of Education show a huge implementation gap.
A cross-country study shows that an extra year of schooling for girls reduces fertility rates by 5 – 10 per cent.
According to the World Bank, a girl who completes primary school is three times less likely to contract HIV as education remains the window of hope in preventing the spread of ignorance.
Reacting to this, a psychologist at Obafemi Awolowo University, Femi Olaorebikan said: “We more concentrate more on girl-child education in order to build an enlightened society for the common good of all. Necessary support for child education is indeed needed.”
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