Kano state government northern Nigeria has commenced free distribution of uniforms, books and other study materials to schools across the 44 local government areas of the state
Governor of the state, Umar Ganduje at the flag off ceremony held at the Mariri Primary school in Kumbotso local government area of the state said over 779,522 uniforms were being distributed to primary school pupils across the Local Governments.
Ganduje stated that distribution of the school uniforms and other instructional materials being held simultaneously across the state was informed by his desire to ensure that every child in Kano receive compulsory basic education free-of-charge as promised during the swearing ceremony of his second tenure.
He said the gesture will go a long way in alleviating the burden faced by parents who struggle for their wards to be educated.
Ganduje said state government has commenced direct funding of primary and secondary schools numbering 1180 with a total students population of 834, 366 at a total cost of about N200 million per month or N2.4 billion per annum.
“similarly, government has provided school uniforms to 779, 522 newly enrolled pupils (boys and girls) at the total cost of N381 million.
“In a bid to reduce teaching deficiency in the sector, government has engaged 3000 volunteer teachers to teach in the various public and Quaranic schools across the state.”
“The state government has also recruited 650 special teachers to teach English and Mathematics in Qu’ranic schools across the state,” governor Ganduje emphasized.
The Permanent Secretary, Kano state Ministry of Education, Lauratu Afo Diso said the policy has gone a long way to encouraging parents to enroll their wards into schools.
The chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Danlamin Haiya said the heavy investment will not only impact on the children but the future of the state.
“The state government under Ganduje’s adminstration has set aside N3 billion for construction of over 286 additional class room blocks, while 264 additional primary schools would be constructed across the state so as to provide conducive learning environment for new intakes,” said Haiya
The chairman of Kumbotso Local Government Area, Kabiru Ado promised to use his office to ensure that the programme becomes a success, as he vowed to embark on massive enlightenment programme to encourage parents enroll their children in schools.