The Federal Government has called on governors to stem the tide of rising numbers of out-of-school-children in their respective States by making substantive efforts to ensure increased access, improve quality and systems strengthening of education at all levels in the states.
Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nanah Opiah made the call in Abeokuta, Ogun State during the official flag off ceremony and National campaign on Out-Of-School children.
Opiah expressed concern that the number of the Out-Of-School children is still on the high side with Nigeria ranking highest in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He said these children are found on the streets hawking, begging, some as house helps without any skill and some in the farms during school hours.
Opiah that there is the need to address the challenge adequately by strengthening the quality of basic education in the state and confronting those factors that deny children access to Basic Education, head-on.
He said the Federal Government is determined to ensure that school age children who are out of school are enrolled and retained in formal or non-formal schools within close proximity to their homes.
The Minister called governors to make substantive efforts to ensure increased access, improve quality and systems strengthening of education at all levels in the states. DAILY TRUST