Education Statistics in Nigeria At A Glance 2024

education statistics in Nigeria at a glance

If you need information about relevant Education statistics in Nigeria, look no further.

We have categorised a list of important education statistics based on enrollment, state, region, and teachers in Nigeria.

In this article, you get a look into the core factors influencing education over the years and which parts of Nigeria needs an improvement in their education system.


  • General education statistics in Nigeria
  • Most educated Nigerian states statistics
  • School enrollment statistics in Nigeria
  • Statistics of teachers in nigeria

General Education Statistics In Nigeria

General enrollment statistics in Nigeria and influencing factors.

1. In 2018, 7.2 million Nigerian children attended early education programs.

2. There is a 68.3% gross enrollment rate in elementary schools in Nigeria.

3. 22.4m Nigerian children are enrolled into a public elementary school.

4. 8.2% children work instead of going to school.

5. 6.8 million Nigerian students are enrolled in junior secondary schools.

6. Gross enrollment rate for senior secondary schools in Nigeria is 68.6%.

7. 80% males and 59% females complete Secondary School in Nigeria.

8. Nigerian universities have 1.7 million Bachelor’s degree students.

9. 9.5 thousand full-time professors teach in Nigerian universities.

10. 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school even with a free and compulsory primary education in place.

11. 2.8 million children in North-Eastern Nigeria are in need of education-in-emergencies for Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.

Most Educated Nigerian States Statistics

Statistics for the most educated Nigerian states based on their literacy level.

1. Imo state has a literacy level of 96.43%.

2. Lagos state is the most developed Nigerian state, and has a literacy level of 96.30%.

3. Enugu State has a literacy level of 96.00% and houses the first Federal University.

4. Rivers State’s literacy level is 95.76%.

5. Abia state is the 5th most educated Nigerian state with a 94.24% literacy level.

6. Akwa-Ibom State has a literacy level  of 93.00%.

7. Anambra State’s literacy level is  92.11%.

8. Ogun State’s literacy level  is  90.57%.

9. Edo state has a literacy level of 90.53%.

10. Osun State has a literacy level of  90.00%.

School Enrollment Statistics In Nigeria

These are the school enrollment statistics in Nigeria by region and state.

1. In 2018, North-Western Nigerian states had the highest elementary school enrollment, with 70.3% males and 71.1% females.

2. Katsina and Abuja recorded the highest enrollment rates in the nation, while Rivers and Zamfara had the lowest rates.

3. Lagos currently ranks as the top region for the highest public secondary school enrollment in Nigeria.

4. In 2005 Lagos had 693,571 making up 84% of the country’s public secondary school enrollment. Oyo, Delta, Ogun, and Kano also emerged top making up 28.79%.

5. Nigerian Public secondary school enrollment in 2005 was an estimated 6.4 million people.

6. In 2016, the completion rate for primary school pupils was 64.8% girls and 70.8% girls.

7. Bauchi state has 46% of its girls enrolled into a primary school, while Home and Taraba both have 45.2%.

8. Katsina state has 44.4% of girls enrolled in primary schools, Jigawa and Niger state have 44%; Yobe, Kebbi, and Sokoto 41.7%, 38.9%, and 38.7% respectively.

Statistics Of Teachers In Nigeria

Statistics showing the number of teachers in various education sectors.

1. In 2010, trained male teachers were at 45.905 %.

2. In 2016, there were nearly 1.5 million teachers in public schools – 764,596 primary school teachers, 292,080 junior secondary schools teachers, and 398,275 senior secondary teachers.

3. A 2018 report showed that 12 Nigerian states couldn’t pay their teachers salary.

4. Teachers in some cases are owed up to 30 months salary and pensioners as well.

These education statistics in Nigeria, show that there is a need for improvement and dissemination of resources to those Nigerian regions and states that are sorely lacking in funds and resources needed to keep their educational system running.

And factors like child labor, gender discrimination, and underpayment of teachers should be curbed so as to further enhance education in Nigeria.


  1. Statista
  3. Nigeria Info
  5. EDU Caleb
  6. CEIC Data
  7. Africa Check

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