Kaduna State Ministry Of Education Says 80% Of Kaduna Public Primary Schools Is Dilapidated, 1,106 Pupils Sit On Floor, 40% Of Teachers Unqualified
Kaduna State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has said that about 80 per cent of the 4200 public primary schools in the state are dilapidated while over 40 per cent of its teaching staff is unqualified.
A statement from the ministry on emergency measures to be taken within the next six weeks to fast track rapid delivery of reforms in the education sector stated that 1.106 million pupils in the state take lessons sitting on bare floor in schools that are also understaffed.
The statement, which was signed by Dr. Shehu Usman Adamu and made available to The UNION also stated that the 349 public Secondary Schools in Kaduna State are not in good condition.
Education, according to the statement, is a major priority of the State government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
“His main goals in the education sector include providing free basic education, taught by skilled teachers in decent school environment to build human capital, eliminate inequality in access to education and improved numeracy and literacy.
“To achieve these goals required investments in school repairs and improvements and provision of furniture, water, toilets and recruitment of trained teachers”, the statement reads further.
It added that steps also taken to overcome the legacy of 16 years neglect in the sector required that government takes extraordinary measures to speed up delivery of its reform agenda and declare a state of emergency in the education sector.
Government, it stated “declared total free basic education at primary and junior Secondary School levels including elimination of fees and levies that parents were burdened with, that tend to exclude from school, those who could not afford to pay the charges”.
The UNION learnt that Gov. El-Rufai’s free basic education programme, which commenced with the resumption of schools in September 2015, has already led to high influx of new pupils in the primary schools in the state.
“Schools were inundated with pupils and more are still being registered as at the end of this week (last week) which is the last week for registration”, the statement stated.
The education ministry further stressed that within the emergency period bureaucratic obstacles in the tendering and procurement process would not be entertained to delay or impede the success of the emergency measures.
– Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna