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Raise the transition rate from primary to secondary schools to at least 75% by 2019

As he took office, Buhari didn’t hesitate to make promises he felt would benefit Nigerian children. He promised to raise the transition rate from primary to secondary schools to at least 75% by 2019.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the transition rate to secondary school is the proportion of pupils in the final grade of primary school who enrol in the first grade of secondary school the following school year.

In 2007, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) showed that the transition rate was 93%. But in 2011, the MICS survey showed a significant drop to 74%. However, this was during president Goodluck Jonathan's tenure. 

The 2016/17 MICS survey found that the transition rate stood at 49%. We could not find any more recent data. 

Dr Ibiwari Dike is a member of the Association for Childhood Education International and a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He said that “across the country, we can say the transition rate has increased. This is because a lot is being done recently at that level by both government and private stakeholders”.

– Africa Check, updated May 2022. First tracked in 2018, and reviewed in 2020.

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