The Kaduna State Government is set to enroll about 587,000 pupils and students in its Public Primary and Junior Secondary schools in the 2019/2020 academic year.
The Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi said this during an unscheduled visit to monitor the ongoing construction and renovation of public schools at Rigasa in Kaduna.
Dr Makarfi explained that the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, had begun sensitising and mobilising communities to enroll about 145,000 out-of-school children into primary schools across the State.
According to him, ”about 300,000 pupils are also expected to be enrolled into the Junior Secondary Schools, majority of which will be public schools.”
He said 142,000 other students would be moved to the Senior Secondary Schools.
The Commissioner mentioned that, government is making consistent efforts in upgrading the infrastructure of schools in a bid to accommodate the huge number of children yearning for sound and quality education in the State.
Construction of classrooms
“We have awarded several contracts for the construction of additional classrooms and renovation of existing ones to increase access to primary and post primary education and to also provide conducive learning environment.
For example, over 170 classrooms are being constructed in Rigasa community alone.”
“This is why we are going round to see the progress of work and the performance of the contractors with a view to ensuring quality and timely completion of the projects,” he explained.
Dr Makarfi further stated that, contracts would soon be awarded for the conversion of 13 Government Day Secondary Schools to boarding schools as measures to increase access.
The Commissioner who expressed satisfaction with the quality and performance of some of the contractors, urged others to sit up and do the needful.
He said the Ministry had met with some of the contractors about two weeks ago and looked at the challenges hindering the execution of about N6.4 billion worth of contracts awarded.
“The government has since commenced payments for contracts because we want these projects to be completed. We are therefore, urging all contractors to mobilise back to site. However, we will also blacklist under-performing contractors and work with only those who are ready to deliver quality projects within the stipulated time,” Dr Makarfi stated.
He added that teachers in the State are undergoing various forms of training to improve their capacity to deliver quality teaching and improve learning outcomes of pupils and students in all public schools.