Ganduje launches free, compulsory education

Ahmed Ali Usman

For an effective and efficient take-off of the free and compulsory basic and secondary education in Kano state, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has flagged-off the funding component of the programme with the disbursement of N200 Million Naira, as monthly intervention from the state, which costs N2.4 Billion annually.

The flag-off was held at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Kofar Mata, Kano, Thursday, amid cheers and show of support to the programme by teachers, students, parents, stakeholders and other community people.

He said 1,180 schools with population of 834,366 pupils were selected for the free and compulsory education programme.

He said 52 mega schools, out of the selected schools, would receive direct funding from the government and that each principal of the benefitting schools would give account of the money spent on monthly basis. He said the government had also provided free uniforms to 779,552 newly enrolled pupils for N381m.

“To ensure effective implementation of the programme, government has abolished payment of school fees for primary and junior secondary schools’ pupils in the state as from September 16, 2019.

In the area of manpower, he hinted that, government would, in an effort to reduce teacher deficiency in the sector, engage the services of 3,000 Volunteer Teachers to teach in the various public and Tsangaya (Almajiri) schools across the state.

“Kano state government has engaged 3,000 volunteer teachers to teach in primary and Tsangaya schools in the state. Government will also spend N235.7m on feeding of primary 4,5 and 6 pupils to support the federal government’s home grown feeding programme for primary 1,2 and 3 pupils,” he said. He later presented cheques to 110 schools, including 10 Tsangaya schools that were selected to enjoy direct funding from the state government.

He, therefore, solicited for community participation in the programme for its success and sustainability, insisting that, "government alone cannot shoulder all the responsibilities."

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