Kano organises summit on free, compulsory education
-As DFID, World Bank promise partnership
In its effort to successfully implement the free and compulsory education from primary to post primary levels, as earlier announced, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said that the effort has reached advanced stage in organising a special summit coming up in the next few weeks, where all issues involved in this noble policy would be deliberated upon.
At the summit, the governor said, many experts in the education sector would participate, with a view to coming up with modalities on how to effectively and efficiently attain optimal result while implementing the policy.
This is contained in a statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Malam Abba Anwar, a copy of which was made available to The Triumph in Kano.
According to the statement, the governor made this known during a stakeholders’ meeting on free and compulsory education held at Government House, Kano, Wednesday, where all heads of the state agencies under the ministry of education and those of all the institutions of higher learning in the state among other stakeholders were present.
There was presence of all the five Emirates in the state, who were also involved in the meeting. The governor attaches importance to the inclusion of the traditional institution, for much desired results.
“We all believe that education is one of the major routes to economic prosperity and a corridor to scientific and technological advancement.
It is at the same time, as largely regarded and enunciated, a veritable tool to combat unemployment,” says Ganduje.
While making reference to the solid foundation upon which the free education policy rests on, he assured that the summit would come along with it practical ways to achieve the desired goals of the free and compulsory education, from primary up to senior secondary school education.
“Part of our stakeholders for this noble policy are experts who specialise in basic education, some in science and technical education, some in assessment and quality -As DFID, World Bank promise partnership control in education, some in examination management and also some would come from Almajiri system of education,” he explained.
Traditional institution also forms part of the critical stakeholders in the implementation stage of the policy, “Because we believe in the important role they play in the education of our wards and the advancement of the sector as a whole, we said they must be included,” the governor emphasised.
Governor Ganduje reiterated the role of the media in the implementation and evaluation of the policy, urging media “… to come forward and be good partner for the overall development of the education sector in the state.”
In his remarks, the chairman of the Free and Compulsory Education Committee, Dr. Kabiru Shehu, who is also the state Head of Service, assured the governor of their unrelenting commitment towards successful implementation of the policy.
He told the governor how committed his committee was, since their inception few weeks back, emphasising that: “As Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is determined to get this done, we have equally positioned ourselves so as to have result-oriented programme.”
“DFID and World Bank praise the initiative and have promised to partner with Kano State towards having smooth and successful policy.
They all promise to do their best towards that. As they are convinced that Kano is very serious about it,” he further revealed. Dr. Shehu disclosed that after the summit a policy would come up as a road map for free and compulsory education in the state, assuring that: “…parents who refuse to send their wards would be sanctioned.
We are very lucky that this administration is not only aiming at free and compulsory education at the primary school level, which has already been in place for long. “This time around, His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje includes post primary education, up to senior secondary school education.
This is a new development.