Kano earmarks N2.4 billion for free education

Acheme Jack, Kano

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Kano state government north western Nigeria has commenced the direct funding of primary and secondary schools in the state under its free and compulsory basic education programme.

The state governor Dr. Umar Ganduje at the official flag-off of the funding component of the Free and Compulsory Basic and Secondary Education in the state held at the Sani Abacha stadium Indoor Sports Hall, said the programme  captures schools numbering 1180 with a total students population of 834, 366 at a total cost of about N200 million per month amounting to N2.4 billion per annum.

The state government has also 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 is in the process of engaging 3000 volunteer teachers to teach in the various public and Quaranic schools across the state,” he stressed.

The governor also distributed cash to over 110,000 schools across the state designed to enable them build capacity and human resource development.

He distributed 790 Digital Classroom All Inclusive Empowerment Solution and Tablets to 728 teachers, 39 Master Teachers, nine Senior Secondly School Officers and 14 Principal Officers that were provided by the world bank to assit the pogramme.

The programme was aimed at capacity building towards free and compulsory education on School Development  Plan (SDP) and ICT appreciation  for directors and zonal education director,”  he explained.

Dr.Ganduje said plans have equally been concluded to complement Federal Government’s primary school feeding programme as it has earmarked N357 million to feed pupils in primary four to six classes  as the federal government only feeds Primary one to three.

The representative of UNICEF commended the initiative considered as a change agent for the betterment of the society as education makes a human being to be complete.

Ime Njoku