The UK group, IA Foundation says the Nigerian government should enact a law to punish parents and guardians, using their children to engage in economic ventures during school hours.
The Chief Executive Officer of IA-Foundation, Ibironke Adeagbo, gave the advice in a telephone interview with the Newsmen in Abuja.
Adeagbo was speaking against the backdrop of a report released recently by UNESCO, which put the number of out-of-school children in the West African country at 20.2 million.
The report, released on August 18, alarmed Nigerians, who have been expressing their disgust on the development as well as the continued closure of public universities in the country.
Public universities in the country have been shut for more than 200 days, due to a face-off between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the federal government.
British-born Adeagbo said that Nigeria was having about eight per cent of the estimated 244 million out-of-school children in the world.
She suggested that the issue of out-of-school children should be made a standing agenda in the weekly federal executive council meeting of the federal government.