Rivers returns 36,000 out-of-school children back to school

Lorine Emenike

The Rivers State Basic Education Board says it has so far returned 36,000 out-of-school children back to school.

Presenting data so far collected from the field, the director of planning, research and statistics, Evangelist Emmanuel Obugu remarked that Rivers State has surpassed the bench mark of 32% of gross enrollment requirement set by UNESCO and has also returned over 36,000 out of school children back in school.

He said that efforts were been intensified to further close the gap of 110, 654 out of school children.

Also speaking at the occasion, the chairman of the state UBE board, venerable Fyneface Akar, charged staff of the board to imbibe the virtue of forgiveness to attract divine blessing.

He described credible data as the lifewire of planning and school administration.

According to him: “We have assembled the data and this data has to be validated to an intentional and focused process of critic and review”

On school enrollment, he explained that the state has made tremendous improvement in returning out of school children to schools, attributing the upsurge to the free education policy of governor Wike led administration.