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‘North-East tops adult illiteracy’

By Charles Agwam

Bauchi—The Centre for Information Technology and Development, CITAD, an international no- governmental organisation has disclosed that the north-east has the least adult literacy rate in Nigeria, with all states in the geo-political zone scoring lower than the national average rate.

CITAD revealed this yesterday in Bauchi, when it led the team of the North-East Social Accountability in Education Cluster, a project supported by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, supervised by CITAD, on an advocacy visit to Bauchi State House of Assembly Committee on Education.

Leader of the team, Isah Garba, told the committee that the region had the worst education statistics, noting that Yobe and Borno have the lowest male adult literacy rate with 31.9 percent and 35.1 percent, respectively.

Garba said: “Yobe and Borno states are worst hit with 31.9 and 35.1 percents, respectively. Correspon-ding figures for female adult literacy are 14.9 and 18 percent, respectively, for Yobe and Borno states.

“A recent survey showed that a high percentage of children between six and 16, who have never attended school, is, on the average, 61 percent in Borno, Yobe and Bauchi states. Only 20 percent of school age girls get to attend school.”

Responding, Chairman, House Committee on Education, Mr. Yusuf Dadiye, appreciated the organisation’s efforts, saying they help to advance the development of education in the state.

He assured the Cluster that the committee on education will work on the recommendations.



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