The Ministry of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday launched the 2017/2018 Annual School Census, aimed at solving the problem of out-of-school children.
Adamu said at the ceremony in Abuja that the census was designed to obtain the accurate number of schools and validate the figures.
The minister said that five states had already been mapped and placed on the website www.nemis.gov.ng for accessibility by all.
He said Imo, Edo, Ondo, Kogi and Taraba states have keyed into this initiative and hope all states will key into this exercise and link up so that the government data could be validated promptly.
Adamu said the launch signalled the simultaneous commencement of the enumeration of all schools, pupils, teachers and facilities at the basic and post-basic levels in the 36 states and FCT.
He added that the ministry, through NEMIS, would coordinate and monitor the process, while states would conduct the exercise.