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Northeast has the highest adult illiteracy rate – CITAD

By Charles Agwam – Bauchi

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), an international non governmental organization has disclosed that the northeast region has the least adult literacy rate, with all states in the geopolitical zone scoring lower than the national average rate.

CITAD revealed this on Monday in Bauchi when it led the team of the Northeast Social Accountability in Education Cluster, a project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and supervised by CITAD, on an advocacy visit to Bauchi state House of Assembly committee on education.

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

“Yobe and Borno states are worst hit with 31.9 and 35.1 percents respectively. The corresponding figures for female adult literacy are 14.9 and 18.0 percents respectively for Yobe and Borno states. The performance of the states in both NECO and WAEC exams have been the lowest in the country.

“A recently conducted survey showed that a high percentage of children between 6 and 16 who have never attended school is averagely 61 percent in Borno, Yobe and Bauchi states. Only 20 percent of school age girls get to attend school”. Isah lamented.

The NGO therefore recommended that the state increase its budgetary allocation to education sector to 26 percent in 2019, to meet UNESCO’s recommendation and that the House of Assembly ensures proper monitoring of disbursement for effective utilization.

Responding, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Hon. Yusuf Inuwa Dadiye appreciated the organization for its efforts, saying that they help to advance the development of education in the state.

He assured the committee that the committee on education will work on the recommendations as soon as possible.

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