The Anambra State government on Friday said it has established schools in 283 markets accross the State.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh stated this during a panel discussion at the on going Human Capacity Development conference holding at the International Convention Center Awka.
She said the move is one of the measures by the Ministry to curb incidence of out of school children in the state.
According to the commissioner, the ministry in collaborations with the Children and Women Affairs Ministry would apprehend out of school children in the streets and hand them over to the Ministry of Education for rehabilitation.
She said, “The market schools driven through the Agency of Mass Literacy, Adult and Non Formal Education are established as part of efforts to bring back out of school youths and give them academic empowerment while engaging in their trade.
“Other measures adopted by the Soludo administration to curb the incidence of out of school children include the inter-ministerial collaborations between the Ministries of Education, Children and Women Affairs, as well as Ministry of Youths.
“The collaborations include the arrangement whereby the Children and Women Affairs Ministry apprehends out of school children in the streets and hand them over to the Ministry of Education for rehabilitation.
“A link was also established for the Ministry of Youths to ensured that youths get educationally empowered before going to trade. There is also the special scholarship scheme.”