Bauchi opens centers for 58,000 out-of-schools
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Bauchi State, Dr. Abubakar Surumbai Sheikh Dahiru has explained that arrangement has been concluded to open 1,160 learning centers in nine local government areas of the state for 58,000 Tsangaya pupils and female children to address the out-of-school challenge.
Dr. Surumbai stated this in Bauchi when he declared open a training of 300 National Certificate of Education (NCE) holders held at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi under the programme of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).
He said out of the number of NCE holders currently undergoing three-day training simultaneously in centers selected, only 1,160 that passed the examinations would be considered as foot soldiers that will help the state to conquer the menace of out-of-school children.
The chairman, who is the State Project Coordinator of the programme, said the aim of the training was to get the best hand capable of handling pupils in Tsangaya and girl-child centers that would work in the remote areas.
He said: “The importance of this programme is to improve literacy and that is only possible by building capacity for the teachers. We will distribute books and build toilets, learning shades to schools, including those in remote areas, free-of-charge. We don’t take teachers out of their communities. We also ensure that all the teachers live in the same community, for you expect to work for your community where ever they are.”
Dr. Surumbai said mapping and data capture of the centers were ongoing, adding that already the state had surpassed 58,000 target set aside for it to reduce out-of-school children.
“From the preliminary report in our hand, over 73,000 Almajiris and girl-child were captured; out of the number 42,000 are Tsangaya pupils, while 31,000 are girl-children,” he stated.
He said free feeding would be introduced to motivate the pupils, reiterating commitment of Governor Bala Mohammed of the state towards creating enabling environment for the Almajiri and girl-child and providing quality education for them, through provision of teaching and learning materials.
Many people who spoke at the training expressed satisfaction that BESDA has surpassed its target of 58,000, urging the board not to relent until all out-of-school children are mopped up and brought back to classrooms.