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Girl Child Education: Adamawa state is educationally backward- NGOs’ research


Girl Child Education: Adamawa state is educationally backward- NGOs’ research

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A research by a coalition of civil society organizations under the auspices of Education champions network namely Ace charity,Center LSD,The inclusion project,SCAAD initiative and LEDAP supported by malala fund has picked holes in the free education policy of the Adamawa state Government led by Gov.Ahmadu umaru Fintiri

The International and local non governmental organizations described Adamawa as one of educationally backward state, especially in regards to the girl child education.

The picked numerous holes in the education policy describing it as defective and more of theories than practical under the Fintiri’s led government.

The coalition made their position known yesterday in yola,at a town hall meeting , with various stakeholder’s in the education sector which includes ,state lawmakers,teachers,parents, student’s among others where they presented their findings which revealed a sorry state of Education sector in the state and made suggestions for implementations on how these narratives can be changed.

Speaking at the event Dr.Orinya Agbaji ,of the sustainable collective advocacy for African Development initiative(SCAAD) ,one of the partner called on Governments at all levels especially Adamawa state Government to prioritised education especially girl child education and take necessary actions to eliminate all forms of hidden fees in schools across the state which rubbished its free education policy.

He expressed concerned that despite the much talked about free education policy of the fintiris administration students across public schools in the state were being made to paid all manners of hidden fees under different guise which make mockery the free education policy of the administration hence the need for Government to wake up and correct this unfortunate situation.

According to them ,apart from this extortions by various school managements in the state, the Education sector of the state is facing so many challenges ranging from decayed infrastructures to absent of facilities,neglect of girl child Education,ungualified teachers among other factors with most schools in the rural areas completely neglected in favour of schools in the city centres and called for improved funding.

In her presentation on the state level Education manifesto one of the facilitator of the programme, Rihanat and member of the coalition presented a scary state of education in Adamawa noting that, 30.2%n of primary school age children in Adamawa are not enrolled in any school and 32.7% of Girls of primary school age are out of school compared to 27.7% for boys.

She added that,the percentage of out of school children of secondary school age in Adamawa state stood at 40.8% and the number of out of school children for junior and secondary School aged child are higher across the gender but more is for girls among many other statistics which make Adamawa one of the most educationally disadvantaged state in the country hence the need for all hands to be on deck to change this ugly narratives.

Earlier speaking the executive Director of SCAAD Frances okeke represented said that,the event is organised to ensure that candidates and elected political offfice holders prioritise education and to also empowered traditional and religious leaders,media,school girl’s and the General public to hold leader’s accountable and include education in their agenda.

Even as she called on those elected or re- elected to represent their people well and strive to leave legacies that will stand the test of time by ensuring more girls within their constituencies/ communities have access to free,safe and guality education for up to 12 years which will reduce early marriage and social injustice leading to a wealthier,healthier and happier population.