From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Commissioner for Education, Malam Muhammad Sanusi Sa’ad Kiru has assured that Kano state Government remains committed in sustaining the Free, Compulsory Primary and Basic Education Policy, introduced by Governor Abdullahi Umar a Ganduje a year ago.
According to him, the state will continue to make huge investments in the area of infrastructure, Staff development and the provision of teaching/ learning equipments in the state education sector.
He spoke during the opening ceremony of the North West Zonal Stakeholders Dialogue on school Re-opening readiness for school resumption at Tahir Guest Palace, Kano.
The Commissioner said that, such investments which is in line with the state’s free and compulsory Basic and Post Basic Education is also in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targeted at provision of quality education.”
According to him, “the strategic focus of the Free and Compulsory education in the state is to guarantee equal opportunities for all citizens to access quality and inclusive education without any form of discrimination.”
He added that the Ministry is also working towards a comprehensive and integrated basic education reforms programmes to deepen the processes, structures and mechanisms for improving accountability in teaching and learning across both public and private schools in the state.
Malam Muhammad Kiru who enumerated a number of successes recorded during his stewardship said that the state has swiftly responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by rolling out series of programmes in line with the federal Ministry of Education and NCDC guidelines among others.
Speaking on the sponsorship of final year students examinations, he hinted that the state government has spent the sum of N498m for the payment of NECO/NBAIS registration, N62m as up-keep allowances to the schools involved in writing those examinations and the review of feeding fee for boarding schools students from N1300 to N1500 amounting to N4.66 Billion for the next Nine month among other projects.
Similarly, the commissioner said that government has released the sum of N20m each to the 44 local governments in the state amounting to N880m for the rehabilitation of dilapidated classrooms across the local government areas.