To holistically address the menace of Out of school children in the country, there is the need for stakeholders in the education sector to restrategize.
Chairman, Oyo state Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr Nureni Adeniran made this known in an interview with Radio Nigeria on the International day of education.
Dr Adeniran who expressed concern over the number of out of school children in Nigeria with a figure of 10.5 million children explained that, Oyo SUBEB was collaborating with the Federal ministry of education, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC and the World Bank to reduce the figure.
He said about 477 informal learning centres had been established across selected local governments in Oyo state to absorb children in the informal settings, such as the Almajiris, street children and hawkers.
The SUBEB chairman noted that the number of students in schools in Oyo state had increased as a result of the free education policies of governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.
Dr Adeniran said the task of improving the education sector was enormous and could not be left to government alone.
He solicited the cooperation of philanthropists, old students association and the public at improving the standard in education.
The SUBEB boss said, since education should be made available for all children of school age, government was leveraging on the Better Education for Service Delivery, BESDA, initiative to encourage more children to enroll in schools.