• About 10,598 students dropped out of school in Enugu State between 2013 and 2014, according to the Annual School Census Report.

    The report, presented by the Commissioner for Education in Enugu, Prof. Chris Okoro, indicated that 6,159 are public primary school pupils. With 3,003 of the pupils boys and 3,156 girls.

    According to the report, 4,439 students also dropped out of public secondary schools from the 17 Local Government Areas of the state within the period under review.

    It said that 187,495 pupils were enrolled into different public primary schools, while 148,191 pupils were admitted into the private primary schools between 2013 and 2014 in the state.

    It noted that 177,375 students had been enrolled into the public secondary schools and 98,767 in private secondary schools in the state within the period.

    The report said that no fewer than 1,161 special needs children, representing one per cent of the population were also enrolled into public primary schools, while 257 students were at the secondary school level.

    It listed the special needs of the enrolled students to include blindness or visual impairment, physically challenged, hearing or speech impairment as well as mental illness.

    On facilities in schools, the report recorded a total of 7,015 classrooms in public primary schools, while 4,167 were constructed for secondary schools.

    Okoro, however, adjudged the report which was the fifth annual school census production in the state as credible. (NAN)

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