It is not getting better for Nigeria in terms of school enrollment.

As you already know, Nigeria boasts the highest number of out-of-school children in the world.

Now it has beaten its own record as the number of out-of-school children rises to 13.2 million from 10.5 million.

Mr Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), made this known in Abuja on Thursday at a Pre-conference briefing on Northern Nigeria Traditional Rulers Conference on Out-of-school children.

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Bobboyi, who was represented by Mr Bello Kagara, Director, Social Mobilisation, said the Demography Health Survey, DHS jointly conducted by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education revealed this figure.

According to him, up to 2015, the figure was up to 10.5 million.

“Over the last few years due to insurgency challenge and with increasing number of births, the DHS jointly conducted by UNICEF and the Ministry of education revealed the new figure to be 13.2 million.

“For some years now, Nigeria has been besieged by Boko Haram insurgency, which has led to the near collapse of education in the north-east Nigeria.

“If you add the number of out-of-school children that have been displaced and with the increasing number of births, you will find out that our source in DHS revealed the out-of-school children has increased to 13.2 million,” Bobboyi said.

Also, the Emir of Argungun, Alhaji Samaila Mera said the involvement of traditional rulers was key to solving the problem of out-of-school children in Nigeria.

The monarch identified socio-cultural factors as a major problem confronting the challenges hindering northern children from going to school.

He added that the reason more children are out of school in northern Nigeria was varied and rooted in the socio-cultural and economic environment barriers and bottlenecks.