The Secretary, Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Isa Muhammad has revealed that about 28 percent of children were out of primary school, in Kankara local government area of the state.
Isa who disclosed this at the launch of the back-to-school and dissemination of behavioural campaign in Kankara on Wednesday quoted the report of a survey conducted by UNICEF that 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.
According to him Katsina State is one of the identified states in the northern parts of the country with a significant number of out-of-school children, adding that children within the 6-14 age bracket have a higher percentage.
The Secretary who described the figures as alarming in Kankara noted 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.
Isah further explained that the area has seventy-five percent of children who do not proceed with their education after completing primary school suggesting that there is urgent need for the state government to intervene.