By Usman Usman Garba
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has launched the distribution of teaching and learning facilities for both primary and secondary schools across the 44 local government areas in the state. Ganduje said the move was in an effort to strengthen the policy of free and compulsory education in the state.
The governor, while distributing the facilities on Tuesday, at Government House stated that: “…We have done so far on our great policy on education that is free and compulsory education from primary to secondary schools including Reforming of Almajiri system.
“This policy is heavily loaded because when you say free education, it means children will no longer pay school fees and therefore, government has to do that,” he stressed.
The governor added that since education is free, the education of children is absolutely necessary. Therefore, it is not acceptable for parents to refuse to send their children to school in the state.
He thanked President Muhammad Buhari and other agencies as well as community participation for supporting and funding education in the state. Dr. Ganduje indicated that the state had assembled a number of things that would assist the state in actualizing the policy of free and compulsory education including the reforming of Almajiri system.
“We have entered into agreement with Daily Trust for the production of this newspaper, ‘Teen Trust’. It is to inform, educate and entertain our school children so that they can develop their reading culture,” said Ganduje. “We are distributing books in English and Mathematics.
Textbooks for JSS one to three, and SSS one to three which we are providing free of charge as part of providing educational facilities,” he added.
He revealed that: “For reforming the Almajiri system of education in the state, the present administration had also tempered the educational curriculum by introducing additional innovation and other aspects of Islam knowledge instead of the recitation of the Glorious Qur’an alone.
“The elements of Western education was also introduced to them which would assist them to attend secondary schools and even to institutions of higher learning as well as the introduction of skill acquisition which will make them to fend for themselves.
“Also, for ensuring qualitative education in the state, the state government had provided some transportation vehicles to supervisors in order to enhance the education of the state.
“And the state government also distributed table computers to educational officers for providing vital data to their headquarters without physically going to such headquarters daily.
“Nonetheless, both male and female teachers were sponsored through some institutions in order to upgrade and obtain the minimum NCE certificate as they are now qualified teachers in the state,” the governor concluded.