Governor Aminu Tambuwal, during the commencement of the 2020/21 Better Education Service Delivery Agency (BESDA) enrolment drive, said the state government under the programme targets over 90,000 children for enrollment this year in Sokoto state.
Tambuwal, according to a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity Muhammad Bello. said, “Under the programme over 1,513 integrated Quranic Schools have been created just as teachers have been recruited and provided with books as well as instructional materials.
“Since the inception of the present administration, education has been given utmost priority through the allocation of a higher percentage in budgetary allocation.
“Similarly, various programmes have been introduced aimed at improving educational development in the state and this administration will continue to invest in education.”
He also commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar on his leadership of a consultative committee on education in the state, assuring him of the continued support and cooperation of his administration for the betterment of education in the state.
He said, “The committee has tremendously impacted the sector by renovating and constructing of schools and classrooms where necessary.”
Tambuwal also thanked developing partners, UNICEF, NEI+ and Action Aid for their support to the schools’ enrollment drive in the state.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Muhammadu Guiwa, said from 2016 to date, 247,884 children have been enrolled into schools across the state.
The commissioner added that, based on the schools’ census statistics in 2020/2021, the state government now has 2,065 primary schools with 965,535 pupils comprising of 546,675 boys and 420,860 girls.
According to him, there are 285 schools with 128,110 students comprising of 78,743 male and 49,367 female in the state’s Junior Secondary Schools; 86,136 students which comprise 54,498 male and 31,638 female in the 132 senior secondary schools in the state.
The Commissioner explained that statistics at present showed that the state government has 1,179,781 in all the schools compared to 742,679 in the 2014/2015 academic session.
Sultan Abubakar represented b the District Head of Binji, Alhaji Kabiru AbdulWahab, commended the state government for its giant stride in various sectors.
He called on all the district heads in the state to cooperate with BESDA officials in order to achieve the desired objective.