Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has opened up on why he declared state of emergency on the education sector of the state.
El-Rufai gave the reason as the fact that about 80% of the 4,200 public primary schools in the state are dilapidated and more than half of their 1.106 million pupils sit on bare floor.
In addition, he said the teaching force, which is understaffed, consists of over 40% non-qualified teachers while the 349 public secondary schools are not in a better condition.
El-Rufai who spoke through his Commissioner of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Shehu Usman Adamu in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, said the declaration of state of emergency on the sector is required to overcome the legacy of 16 years of neglect that the educational sector has suffered.
According to him, “this is the tattered system that we have taken responsibility to correct by our reform measures. The magnitude of the tasks require that the government takes extraordinary measures to fast-track the delivery of its reform agenda. That is why a state of emergency has been declared in the education sector.
“In the emergency period, three key issues will be pursued with vigour. Bureaucratic obstacles in tendering and procurement process will not be allowed to delay or impede the success of the emergency measures. Procurement procedures will be fast-tracked to achieve the successful delivery.
“Education is a major priority of the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Malam Nasir El-Rufai. Its broad goals in the education sector are to provide free basic education, taught by skilled teachers in decent schools. This is meant to build human capital, eliminate the inequality in access to education and improve numeracy and literacy. Attaining these goals requires investments in school repairs and improvements, provision of furniture, water and toilets, and a new push to recruit and train teachers.
“These steps are required to overcome the legacy of 16 years of neglect that the educational sector has suffered. About 80% of the 4,200 public primary schools in the state are dilapidated. More than half of their 1.106m pupils sit on bare floor. The teaching force, which is understaffed, consists of over 40% non-qualified teachers. The 349 public secondary schools are not in a better condition.”


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