By Balarabe Alkassim, Bauchi.
The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has lamented the low adult literacy rate in the north east region.
CITAD North East Social Accountability in Education Cluster team made the disclosure when it paid an advocacy visit to Bauchi State House of Assembly committee on Education.
Speaking, the team leader, Isah Garba said the north east region has the least education statistics in the country with Yobe and Borno states having the lowest rates with 31.9 percent and 35.1 percent respectively.
“The corresponding figures for female adult literacy are 14.9 and 18.0 percent respectively for the two states. The performance of the states in both NECO and WAEC has been the lowest of the country.
“A survey showed that percentage of children between 6 and 16 who have never attended school has high prevalence in Borno (72 percent), Yobe (58 percent) and Bauchi (52 percent). Only 20 percent of all school age girls get to attend school,” he said.
In his response, the chairman Bauchi state House of Assembly committee on education Honourable Yusuf Inuwa Dadiye promised that the committee would look at the recommendations for necessary action.