Attaining gender parity by 2015 might not be possible if more girls were not enrolled in schools, Minister of State for Education Barrister Nyesom Wike has said.
The parity agenda is one of the goals of the Education for All (EFA) meant to bridge the gap in education which indicated that out of 10 million out of school children, 6.2 million are girls.
Wike, who addressed a stakeholders meeting on girl-child education in Zamfara State, said the imbalance in enrolment figures of girls when compared to boys is about 10 per cent in the South and as high as 40 per cent in the North.
According to him, Northern states where this imbalance is as high as 48 per cent include Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Niger, Jigawa, Kano, Bauchi and Adamawa, among others.
He said the Federal Government has introduced the All-Girls School Initiative to increase access to the girl-child.