No fewer than 90,000 children in Anambra state are out of school after a research conducted by a nongovernmental organization. The organization, Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) funded by the UK|aid from the United Kingdom conducted the research. The ECID has been operating in Kaduna and Anambra since September, 2018.
A Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nigeria, Dr. Ben Nwosu, stated that despite the free education policy, many parents claim they still pay fees for their wards. “It is quite worrisome because based on official statistics, Anambra is one of the educationally advantaged states in the country.”
He further stated that he observed that the urban centers recorded a high level of school attendance while many rural communities in the state suffered educational neglect. “It is more worrying when you go into the field and see the wide gap existing between the rural and the urban locations.” The Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Ben Nwosu said.