…As KNSG abolishes school fees N2.4bn to go to 1,180 schools annually
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid & Al-Mustapha Ado
Kano State Government has approved direct funding of the whopping sum of N2.4 billion on 1,180 schools as part of its free and compulsory basic education programme from primary to junior secondary schools in the state.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje revealed this yesterday at the flag off of the programme held at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium in Kano metropolis.
Governor Ganduje further stated that the state government would be spending N200 million on the schools with population of 8,843 students monthly.
He disclosed that the government had earmarked the sum of N381 million for procurement of 779,552 newly enrolled primary school pupils.
The governor also disclosed that the sum of N350.7 million had been approved for free feeding of primary 4, 5 and 6 pupils across the state, adding that the decision was to complement the Federal Government’s free feeding policy.
“Our education reform entails four segments, namely; education for all, which focuses on providing equal education opportunity for all children in the state; girl-child education, which focuses on providing girls the right to acquire basic education; out-of-school education and integration of Tsangaya education system.
“Today, God has fulfilled our vision of implementation of this laudable policy. This policy is meant to uplift the life of the citizenry and bring about even development in our dear state,” he said.
Ganduje further told the gathering that the government had engaged 3,000 volunteer teachers to teach at various Tsangaya schools across the state.
He stated that international partners, including World Bank had provided 790 digital classes, adding that the facilities were commissioned by him yesterday.
According to Governor Ganduje, the disbursement of the funds and the distribution of the digital instructional materials were in view of the new academic year for the schools in question.
The free and compulsory education programme is expected to focus on providing equal educational opportunity for all, girl-child education, out-of-school children and integration of Almajiri system of education.
“We are here today to celebrate the take off of this laudable policy of free education. The programme was premised with good objective of uplifting the quality of education and enhancing sustainable socio-economic development,” Ganduje said.
The governor added that the state government has abolished collection of school fees in all the primary and secondary schools in the state with effect from this month.
“We are prepared today for the flag-off of funding components of the free and compulsory basic and secondary education with direct funding of schools in the state numbering 1,180 at an average of N200 million per month and N2.4 billion per year,” Ganduje added.
The governor added that in his administration’s effort to integrate Tsangaya schools into the programme, the government has initiated a pilot scheme with 52 selected mega schools to receive direct funding from government.
“In addition to direct funding, our administration has provided about 800,000 school uniforms to the newly enrolled pupils across the state at the total cost of N381 million,” he added.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, Hajiya Lauratu Ado Diso, thanked the governor for the gesture, enjoining principals, headmasters and teachers to put in their best.
“Today, we have witnessed the disbursement of the take off fund and distribution of digital instructional materials. The move is very commendable.
“I also want to use this opportunity to call on the officers and teachers, indeed all the stakeholders, to put in their best towards the successful implementation of the programme,” she said.
Cheques were presented to 110 school principals and teachers at the flag off ceremony, as the remaining schools would get their money electronically.