Compulsory Free Education To Kickstart In Kaduna State

  Kaduna State government has concluded plans to commence the enforcement
of free compulsory primary education across the 23 local government
areas next month.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and
Technology, Prof. Andrew Nok who briefed Journalists on the activities
of the ministry, said the bill to enforce compulsory primary education
in the state has been passed into law and would be become effective in
September.

He said, government came up with law in order to
ensure that no one is deprive of basic education in the State, “the law
provides penalty to parent who refuse to send their children or ward to
school.”

“Anybody who is caught giving or receiving alms to
beggars, and parent who sends their children to school would be dealt
with by the law,” he said.

He said, the State government is going to get the Almajiri children integrated into the modern school system.

The
commissioner also disclosed that a total of N2.2 billion has been spent
on the payment of 1,200 newly recruited teachers in the State.

The
commissioner said the delay in payment was to ensure that all the newly
recruited staff passed through proper documentation to check the “ghost
worker syndrome.”

Nok also pledged that 15 secondary schools
would be reactivated as boarding schools and equipped with standard
facilities across the 23 local government areas.

He said hostels,
library, clinic, kitchen facilities, perimeter fence and potable water
would be provided to give the schools a conducive environment for
teaching and learning.

15 schools to be reactivated as boarding
institutions included Queen Amina College, Kaduna, Government Girls
secondary School, Kawo; Government Technical College, Malali and Barewa
Collage, Zaria.

Others included Government College, Kagoro; Girls
Science Secondary School, Giwa; Rimi College, Zaria; Girls Science
School, Kwoi; Government Girls Secondary School , Soba, Government
college, Saminaka and Government College, Kagoro.

SOURCE: THE NATION

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