The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has published statistics that show that 20400 primary school children dropped out of school last year due to a number of reasons chief among them financial constraints the Chronicle reports.
The UNESCO report read in part:
Reasons for dropping out include absconding, death, expulsion, illness, marriage, pregnancy and financial constraints. A total of 9 200 pupils absconded school under unclear circumstances and 6 717 dropped out due to financial challenges.
About 1 154 pupils died during the same year and 2 164 dropped out due to other reasons which were not specified during data capturing. A total of 112 students were expelled while 180 dropped out of school due to early and unintended pregnancy and an additional 231 dropped after they were married off
Reasons for dropping out vary but the most dominant are financial constraints and absconding, which accounted for 15 919 drop outs.
According to the Chronicle, the govt has since put measures in place to ensure every school going kid has access to education.
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