A lot of progress has been made in girl-child education. But it appears, more still needs to be done as new report has shown that 3 out of every 10, school age Nigerian girls are already in a man’s house as wives.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO disclosed this, while adding that only 14% of girls from poor families in Nigeria managed to complete primary school, while only 27% of boys did so.

The United Nations agency gave these statistics in a statement to the media ahead of the inauguration of the Nigeria 2017/2018 Global Education Monitoring Report.

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The report is meant to call the attention of the Federal Government to its responsibility of providing universal quality education for boys and girls.

“In Nigeria, 30 of girls, aged 15 to 19, are currently married and only 14% of poorest females complete primary education, while 27% of poorest males do so.

“The attendance rate among three to four years old is over 80% for richest children and no more than 10% for the poorest. There are no regulations of formal and informal private tutoring, which the report finds, can exacerbate inequality in education, and damage learning if teachers are tutoring their same students after class,” the statement said.

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