Despite ‘huge’ spendings, Primary pupils enrolment decreases in Katsina (REPORT)
Primary schools enrolment has declined in Katsina State, similarly over 60% of the primary schools have no water or toilet, or both.
This is contained in an annual report of 2015/2016 presented by the UNiCEF field officer in Katsina Mrs Fatima Ayedla to the education stakeholders in Katsina.
In the report, UNiCEF stated that as at 2014/2015 academic session, over 800,000 pupils were enrolled into various Primary schools across the state while in 2015/2016, the primary schools enrolment dropped to less than 700,000 pupils.
In another development, The United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) says the toilet-pupil ratio in public primary schools in Katsina State is ‘’one toilet per 161 pupils’’ (1:161) on the average. Mr Muntaka Mukhtar, the UNICEF Katsina State Education Specialist, disclosed this on Thursday in Katsina while presenting the state’s Annual School Census for 2015/2016.
Mukhtar put the primary schools enrollment in the state at 1,549,157 sharing a total of 9,631 toilets across the 34 local government areas of the state.
He said that Bakori Local Government Area had the highest number of primary schools with 476 toilets being used by 76,587 pupils. He said Baure Local Government Area had the least with 46,172 pupils sharing 144 toilets in the primary schools. Mukhtar also revealed that only 36 per cent of the schools had source of water, while the remaining 64 per cent had none at all. He further said that 696 primary schools had no health facility, which represents only 31 per cent of those who did not have.