Thursday, 1 June 2017

Unicef Expresses Concern Over Enrolment of Girl Child Into Public Schools In Katsina


UNITED NATION Children Fund, UNICEF, has expressed concern on the low enrolment of girl child into public schools in Katsina State.

The UNICEF field officer in Katsina, Mrs. Padimah Yedla revealed this yesterday in Katsina at a meeting with officials of Schools Based Management Committees, SBMC.

Yedla identified cost of education and long distance of schools as the reasons for low enrolment of girls into school in the state.

Another reason, according to her, is insistence of the parents to enroll their children into integrated Quranic schools instead of western education.

Mrs. Yelda, represented by UNICEF education specialist, Muntaka Muktar, said the current enrolment figure of 1.4million children into public schools for 2015/2016 was not encouraging; emphasizing that something must be done to address the problem. The UNICEF field officer emphasized the need for officials of SBMC to work with UNICEF for improvement of girls’ education in the state.

 “We cannot work alone, we our input and encouragement to improved girls enrolment into school and access to quality

“We need your support to achieve enrolment of 207, 138 girls in the schools for the year 2017,” she said.

On Girl-Child Project, GEP, in Katsina, Mrs. Yelda said the project was being founded by DFID and UNICEF to improve enrolment of girls in six local government areas that include Faskari, Batsari, Baure, Kankia, Kankara and Rimi.

Earlier, chairperson of High Level of Women Advocacy, Mrs. Maria Abdullahi called on husbands to allow their wives to participate fully in education decision making in the state.

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