Cultural Practices as a Hindrance to Girl Child Education Attainment in Northern Nigeria
The study systematically reviewed the related literatures on the social phenomenon (girl child) in relation to the cultural practices as a hindrance to her attainment of the minimum level of certificate that will emancipated her from all kinds of exploitation in the society. The conceptualisation of the term girl child and the meaning of education were relatively discussed. However, constraints on attainment of the girl child education, which includes; Sexual violence and sexually transmitted diseases, traditional preferences for boys as successors, economic crisis in most of the rural areas in the north and early marriage were critically reviewed. The possible ways to improve the enrolment and retention to the graduating levels were critically highlighted which includes to strengthening the capacity of the ministry of education at all levels, to promote community participation in school management and regular awareness programmes should be organized were forwarded. Conclusively, to achieve maximum enrolment of girl child in schools to the completion level, it requires all the stakeholders to be involved in designing and implementation of any educational policy in the country, most especially that would affect the population concerned ( girl child) negatively.
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