Switzerland, June, 23
A survey conducted in Maiha, Song and Numan LGAs, on girl-child education enrollment has revealed that over 441,000 school-age girls abandoned their studies in Adamawa state.
Mr Monday Osasah, Acting Executive Director Community-led Collective Action for Girls Education (C-CAGE) made the disclosure in Yola at a workshop.
Osasah attributed insurgency, poverty, high rate of pregnancy and use of girls for hawking, as some of the reasons while calling on the government to urgently step in to curtail the situation.
The survey was to address the root causes of barriers to girl-child enrolment, retention and completion, and to recommend ways to change the narrative in the state.
Supported by the Malala foundation, the research, commissioned by the African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), observed that poverty could rubbish even free formal education system in the state.
The study discovered that students drop out towards the exit point, at JSS 3 or SSS 3, when it comes to registering for the final year external examination.
Also revealed was that many girls get pregnant and end schooling prematurely.