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World Financial institution makes use of outdated stats because it pronounces $500m Nigeria training funding plan

Asserting US$500 million in funding to assist educate ladies, the World Financial institution made two key claims about poverty and the variety of faculties in northern Nigeria. 

As many as 10 main faculties within the area had been served by just one secondary faculty, the financial institution stated, including that about 80% of poor households within the nation had been within the north. 

The sizable funding was broadly reported in the nationwide media. However are the financial institution’s claims correct? We checked. 


In northern Nigeria, the dearth of secondary faculties is considerably better with as much as 10 main faculties for each secondary faculty.



This declare ought to solely have been in reference to public faculties, Aby Toure, a communications officer on the World Financial institution, informed Africa Examine. She stated the determine was sourced from a June 2020 venture doc.

(The venture doc has a slight error. It says that “the dearth of secondary faculties is considerably better within the north with extra than 10 main faculties for each main faculty”.)

Mansir Nasir, a senior exterior affairs officer on the financial institution, gave extra particulars and stated the information was gleaned from the 2015/16 training administration data system and the 2018 nationwide personnel audit. The audit was compiled by Nigeria’s common primary training fee.  

Audit retracted that World Financial institution based mostly figures on

By legislation, the primary six years of main training and the primary three of junior secondary faculty are free and obligatory.

In its formal doc for the funding, the World Financial institution stated the latest knowledge it had, from the training administration data system, confirmed there have been 21,688 senior secondary faculties in 2015/16. 

However in December 2018, the essential training fee retracted the financial institution’s second knowledge supply. Schooling teams and activists stated the 2018 personnel audit was riddled with errors.

For instance, the audit captured figures from Enugu state as being from Ondo state, whereas it didn’t file knowledge for personal faculties in a lot of the nation’s southwestern states. Comparable errors had been additionally recognized for Anambra and Imo states within the southeast.

The audit additionally didn’t embody full knowledge on senior secondary faculties, as they will not be thought-about a part of primary training.

What does the latest knowledge present?

The declare can be incorrect if any a part of it was based mostly on the recalled audit, Oriyomi Ogunwale, who’s the venture lead at Eduplana, an organisation that focuses on training in Nigeria, informed Africa Examine.

“The 2018 nationwide personnel audit report has been pulled down on account of quite a few errors. I counsel that the declare be discarded and the report not used,” Ogunwale stated.

For correct knowledge, he directed Africa Examine to statistics on private and non-private primary training compiled in 2018 by, amongst others, the essential training fee, the training ministry and the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics.

Precise ratio about half that claimed by World Financial institution

The statistics from the digest of primary training statistics on private and non-private faculties present that as of 2018, there have been 61,175 main faculties and 14,491 secondary faculties in the north

This works out to about 4 main faculties for each secondary faculty in Nigeria. When solely public faculties within the north are thought-about, the ratio rises to about 5 main faculties (43,480) for each secondary faculty (7,819).  

That is about half the financial institution’s estimate. The northern state with probably the most main faculties for each secondary faculty is Kebbi, with a ratio of eight to 1. If solely public faculties in Kebbi are counted, the ratio is 5 to 1.

The financial institution’s declare would have been correct 10 years in the past.  In 2010 there have been a median of seven main faculties to each secondary faculty within the north. Kaduna state had 10 main faculties to each secondary faculty.

Suleiman Bello, a professor of instructional expertise within the school of training on the College of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria, stated for a few years the precedence within the north was educating kids to learn and write, which had overshadowed the necessity to set up secondary faculties. 

However he informed Africa Examine this was beginning to change, as extra states had been increasing present secondary faculties or constructing  new ones. 

The case for educating adolescent ladies

Whereas making a case for educating extra adolescent ladies, the World Financial institution notes that poor infrastructure and a scarcity of water and sanitation makes it tough for women to remain in class. Additional, there’s decrease funding in ladies training within the northern states.

The event lender initiatives that if these circumstances keep the identical, “1.3 million ladies out of the 1.85 million who started main faculty in 2017/18 within the northern states will drop out earlier than reaching the final yr of junior secondary faculty”.

The financial institution means that educating ladies, particularly on the secondary stage, considerably improves their lives. This consists of by “a discount in youngster and maternal mortality charges, enhancements in instructional outcomes of offspring, and lowering poverty and selling equitable progress”.

Every extra yr of secondary faculty is related to, “on common a ten% improve in earnings”, it provides.


Near 80% of poor households are within the north.



The World Financial institution informed Africa Examine it had meant to say that 87%, and never 80%, of poor households are within the north. 

The 87% estimate was based mostly on “the 2015/16 common family survey by the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics”, senior exterior affairs officer Mansir Nasir stated. (Word: We couldn’t discover this estimate within the survey.)

Whereas the family survey did seize family earnings and different socioeconomic indicators, there’s more moderen knowledge. Leo Sanni, a statistician on the bureau, referred Africa Examine to the 2019 report on poverty and inequality in Nigeria. 

Launched in Could 2020, it measured poverty and residing requirements by surveying 22,110 households nationally from September 2018 to October 2019.

It discovered that 40.1% of Nigerians certified as poor, which meant that when inflation was accounted for, they’d a per capita spending of lower than N137,430 (US$356.31) per yr.

This meant that greater than 82.9 million Nigerians “are thought-about poor by nationwide requirements”, the report stated. (Word: Because of the Boko Haram insurgency, this quantity excludes Borno state, as solely households in safe-to-visit areas had been interviewed).

Excessive poverty numbers within the north

The information reveals northern states have the best share of their populations residing in poverty. The ten states with the smallest proportions had been all within the south.

But it surely doesn’t break down the data by households. 

Dr Baba Madu is head of nationwide accounts and macro-economic evaluation on the statistics bureau. He stated the newest knowledge doesn’t converse to the financial institution’s declare. 

“No, there isn’t any dataset within the poverty report that implies that nearly 80% of households thought-about poor, out of the 22,110 sampled, had been discovered within the north,” he informed Africa Examine.

As we couldn’t hint the supply of the financial institution’s statistic, we fee the declare as unproven.

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