The 2015 Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) is a follow up to the 2013 Demographic and Health Survey, which is usually conducted to collect additional data on education from a subset of Demographic and Health Survey households. The 2015 NEDS is the third in the series to be conducted in Nigeria.
The critical role of accurate and reliable education data in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of education policy in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. The survey provided a substantial amount of household level data that is essential to monitor the level of implementation of the goals of the Federal Ministry of Education, including those of the Universal Basic Education Commission, and Education for All. In addition, the 2015 NEDS provided critical information on the demand for schooling. The survey collected data on the age of children at first school attendance, dropout, and parents’/guardians’ perception of the benefits and demerits of schooling and school quality.