Uba raises alarm over school dropout rate in Anambra
Uba (file photo)
By Chuks Ilozue,
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the November 6, 2021 Anambra State governorship election, Senator Andy Uba, has decried the growing tide of out-of-school children in the state and promised to remedy the situation.
Uba described as unacceptable research finding which showed that “many rural communities in the state suffer educational neglect, leading to no fewer than 90,000 children being out of school”.
A statement by Andy Uba Campaign Council quoted him as saying: “Quality education for our children is a major priority for me. We will renovate and reconstruct hundreds of our dilapidated schools and transform them into model schools and centres of excellence,” the APC gubernatorial hopeful said.
Uba noted that although there is free education policy in Anambra State, many parents claimed they were paying fees for their wards, especially at the secondary school level.
It said: “It is quite worrisome because based on official statistics Anambra is one of the educationally advantaged states in the country.
“It is more worrying when you go into the field and see the wide gap existing between the rural and urban locations,” as contained in a report of Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, Dr. Ben Nwosu.
In the statement signed by Hon. Victor Afam Ogene, on behalf of AUCO, Senator Uba praised the efforts of the various missions in sustaining the high standards of education in the state, promising that, in addition to offering them increased support, as Governor, he would ensure that he brings public schools at park with the mission schools.
Although the state government assured that the findings from the ECID programme would assist the state executive council in policy formulation and data planning, the Andy Uba Campaign Organization, AUCO, queried the “sincerity of a government which left a problem to fester for seven years – with a questionable promise to redress same with only few months of it’s lifespan left”.