Attrition Rates in Primary Schools in Delta State of Nigeria

  • Chinelo Ogoamaka Duze


This study investigated attrition rates in selected primary schools in Delta State, Nigeria, involving 5,545 pupils comprising 3,014 boys and 2,531 girls using the 2003 cohort. A checklist collected data on the flow of pupils from all available school records from start of cohort to graduation. Percentage and mean were used for data analysis. Average attrition rate found was 19.24 percent, highest 36.60 percent for a public/rural/small school, lowest 7.24 percent for a private/urban/large school, 15.60 percent for boys and 23.59 percent for girls. Generally, attrition rates were higher in girls than in boys, and in public than private, rural than urban, and small than large schools. These rates were all lower than the fifty percent and above found in earlier studies in Nigeria, indicating improvement in school attendance, reduction in wastages, and improvement in girl-child education. Although these rates did not meet the UNESCO’s one percent minimum, they did not exceed its fifty percent maximum, and were not as alarming as older studies indicated. The index of wastage provided by these rates would help government in strategizing and projecting targets for achieving the EFA and MDG goals by 2015.

Keywords: Primary schools, attrition rates, Delta state, Nigeria

LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research, 8(4), 30-44, 2011

Author Biography

Chinelo Ogoamaka Duze
Department of Educational Administration & Policy Studies Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria

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eISSN: 1813-2227