Chaiman of National Population Commission, Chief Eze Duruiheoma

Paul Obi, Kasim Sumaina and Bukola Eshun in Abuja

The federal government on Tuesday released a new census result on the status of education in Nigeria, which indicates some progress as well as concerns in some of the critical areas of the sector.

This came as the United States government expressed deep concern over poor indicators and performance of the North-East geo-political zone where the Boko Haram insurgency has taken a toll on the region.

The new Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) showed that the number of rural females without any form of schooling in the country was 49%, while male was 45%. Urban females without any level of education are 22%, males 19% while urban males with tertiary education constitute 33% and females 22%.

Speaking at the launch of NEDS, Chaiman of National Population Commission (NPC) Chief Eze Duruiheoma, SAN, explained: “The survey is meant to provide policy makers with accurate and timely data to formulate courses of action designed to increase enrollment, attendance and learning and to achieve Nigeria’s Universal Basic Education Commision (UBEC) and Education for all (EFA) goals for the children of school age.”