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El-Rufai Orders Public Servants To Withdraw Children From Private Schools

Gabriel Idibia, Kaduna

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has ordered all senior civil servants in the state to withdraw their children from private schools and send them to public schools so as to improve teaching and learning in the state.

He also directed that the directive will be enforced from the next academic session.

In an interview with journalists, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Andrew Nok, said that plans have been concluded, by the state government, to restore public schools to their past glory.

According to him, “the state government has given order to all directors to withdraw their children from private schools to our own schools”.

He said the order was given with a view to improving teaching and learning in the schools.

On the failed attempts by successive administrations to implement similar policy, Nok said that “our government is not like the previous ones. What we will do is to monitor it to ensure that this order is carried to the letter.”

The commissioner said that as part of the efforts to revamp education in the state, 15 public secondary schools have been converted to boarding schools with effect from the next session.

He named the schools as Queen Amina College, Kaduna; Government Girls Secondary School, Kawo; Government Technical College, Malali; Bare­wa College, Zaria; Girls Science Secondary School, Kwoai; Government College, Kagoro; Government Girls Secondary School, Soba; Government College, Saminaka; Rimi College, Government College, Kaduna, Government Secondary School, Kachia; Government Girls’ College, Zonkwa and Govern­ment Secondary School, Giwa.

Nok recalled that some of the schools were originally boarding institutions before they were converted to Day Schools.

To this end, Nok said “plans are underway to renovate and upgrade the hostels, library, clinics facilities and total landscaping of the schools to give them an aura of academic environment.”

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