946,000 Children Out Of Formal School in Katsina State – UNICEF
By Agency Report
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says no fewer than 946,000 children are out of formal school education system in Katsina State.
The UNICEF Chief of Field Office Kano, Mr Maulid Warfa made the disclosure on Wednesday in Katsina, during the 2019 end of year review meeting and 2020 states engagement planning workshop for Kano and Katsina States.
He said that for Kano State, there are 1.49 million children out of formal school system, which is the highest number in the country.
According to him, the students/teacher ratio for Kano State is 103:1, while in Katsina State the ratio is 92:1.
For nutrition, Warfa said that 60.9 per cent of children under five years were stunted, while 1.7 per cent, representing 423,934 children are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition in Kano state.
He said that for Katsina State, 62.9 per cent of children under five years were stunted, while 2.1 per cent, representing 312,182 children suffered from Severe Acute Malnutrition.
On Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), he said that 57.9 per cent of people in Kano State have access to improved sources of drinking water during the period under review.
Warfa added that three per cent of people in Kano State practiced open defecation, which he said is below the national average.
He explained that for Katsina State, 59.3 per cent of people have access to improved sources of drinking water.