Kano expends N7 billion to improve basic education

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Kano expends N7 billion to improve basic education

Kano State Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said the state government has fulfilled its own obligation in ensuring quality basic education delivery to the citizens.

According to the governor, the state government had accessed its matching grant from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and, in line with its responsibility of ensuring quality teaching and learning in its schools, expended over seven billion Naira in providing a conducive learning environment.

He pointed out that tackling the challenges caused by the out-of-school phenomenon is one of the driving forces that made Kano State come up with the law on free and compulsory basic and secondary education, particularly for girls and vulnerable children with special needs despite the high number of pupils and students enrolment in the country.

The governor, represented by his deputy Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna stated this on Tuesday while declaring open the quarterly meeting of UBEC management with the executive chairmen of SUBEB at the Africa Hall, Government House Kano.

According to him, the policy is geared towards addressing issues of access and pre-entry of adolescent girls to school in the state, adding that the policy of implementing free and compulsory basic secondary education came with a huge financial commitment to the state and in that regard, the government established Education Trust Fund to compliment the financial commitment.

The Governor acknowledged the contribution of the Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission and other key stakeholders for their support to Kano State towards achieving quality education.

The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu represented by the Executive Secretary of UBEC Dr Hammid Bobboyi emphasized that the federal government places a high premium on the education of the Nigerian child and also assures that it will continue to address all aspects of education.

He, however, stated that the federal government came to the aid of state governments through the World Bank-Supported Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) to address the out-of-school phenomenon.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of UBEC represented by Professor Bala Zakari explained that the quarterly meeting has helped UBEC and SUBEB to remain focused on their primary assignment of providing access to quality basic education for school-age children in the country.

He also mentioned that the meeting provides the platform for regular discussion of issues around basic education implementation in the country, and hoped that the participants will use the meeting to offer suggestions on how to address the challenges of out-of-school children in the country.

Kano expends N7 billion to improve basic education

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