How Insecurity, Poor Facilities Are Forcing Children Out Of School

Across the country, the number of out-of-school children is increasing, majorly due to insecurity, poor facilities, poverty, and other factors. Daily Trust visited schools in some states and now reports.

Apart from challenges in public schools that have been there for decades, the recent onslaught on schools by bandits and kidnappers has to push Nigeria to the edge in the global ranking.

Kaduna

In Kaduna State, despite the implementation of free and compulsory education, residents say insecurity is leading the factors responsible for school dropouts, particularly in rural communities where banditry attacks have become incessant.

Bala Udawa, a resident of Udawa in Chikun Local Government Area, said many children had been forced to abandon school for fear of being kidnapped.

On poor facilities, he said, “In my community, the school authority has no choice but to introduce shift for pupils. We usually had separate schools for both primary and secondary schools, but they now share the same school,” he said. He added that only dedicated parents would force their children to school in spite of the spate of insecurity.

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