As he came into office, Buhari didn’t mince his words when making promises that he felt would be of benefit to Nigerian children.
He promised to raise the transition rate from primary to secondary schools to at least 75% by 2019.
According to Unesco, the transition rate to secondary school is the proportion of pupils in the final grade of primary school who enroll in the first grade of secondary school the following school year.
In 2007, the National Bureau of Statistics’ Multi Indicator Cluster Survey shows that the transition rate for primary to secondary schools was 93%.
But in 2011, the MICS survey shows this fell significantly to 74%. However, this was during former president Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure. The 2016/17 MICS survey which surveyed 2,106 children found that the transition rate stood at 49%. Data covering 2018 and 2019 is pending.
Dr Ibiwari Dike, a member of Association for Childhood Education International and lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nssuka said: “Across the country, we can say transition rate has increased. This is because, of recent, much is being done at that level – on the part of government and private stakeholders. The work at that level has also been enhancing secondary school intake.”
Africa Check, February 2019
Source: Various Nigerian media