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NCNE decries high rate of school dropout in Nomadic Education in North Central

…Blames incident on conflict, insecurity.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) management, on Friday decried high rate of school dropout and out of school children in some states in north central Nigeria.

The Commission’s Executive Secretary, Professor Bashir Usman, made the revelation in a speech at the training workshop of data collectors on Impact of Conflict and Insecurity in the implementation of Nomadic Education Program (NEP) in nomadic communities, in some selected states of North Central Zone of Nigeria.

He said insecurity, characterized by violence, communal clashes, cattle rustling kidnapping, armed banditry and sea piracy, have negatively affected the smooth implementation of NEP.

“The program is geared towards provision of relevant qualitative and functional basic education to nomadic populations of Nigeria, who cannot benefit from the conventional education provided in the country due to their lifestyle and other peculiarities,” he said.

Prof. Usman lamented that the implementation of NEP in the country is facing numerous challenges, most especially the issues of insecurity.

He said the resultant effect of the insecurity on the program includes lost of lives and destructions of school facilities; hence the need for data collectors workshop on assessment of the impacts in Niger, Nasarawa and Plateau States, respectively.

“This, therefore, has worsened the rate of high teacher attrition, poor pupils’ enrollment, daily attendance, retention, completion and transition.

“Similarly, the high level of insecurity leads to displacement of nomads that resulted to complete abandonment of schools and frequent mitigation, which increased the high rate of dropout as well as out-of-school children,” he said. 

According to him, to address the challenges required the commission to assess the impact of the conflict on the implementation of NEP; hence the need for the conduct of training workshop for data collectors to developed capacity data collectors, aimed to generate evidence-based data on root causes of the conflict and insecurity, among others.

“The workshop outcome is expected to provide valid data that would be generated through interactions with local communities and other critical stakeholders, on the remote and immediate causes of the conflict and insecurity,” he stated.

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