….Vows To Strengthen Almajiri System Of Education In The State
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Dr. Hamid Bobboyi said Kano State government has injected the sum of N6 billion into the basic education sub-sector between 2018 and 2019.
The Executive Secretary stated this while delivering a speech at the on-going two- day retreat organized for Board and Management members taking place in Kano.
According to a statement by the Head Public Relation/ Protocol UBEC, David Apeh, the Executive Secretary, Kano State recorded laudable achievements in the last few years and it is unprecedented in the history of the State.
He explained that with that huge amount, the stated recorded construction of 817 new classrooms, renovation of 685 classrooms, drilling of 100 boreholes, provision of 40,000 pupil’s and teacher’s furniture, recruitment of 8,000 volunteerteachers for Tsangaya primary schools and many others.
Dr. Bobboyi said the achievements are crowned by the establishment of free and compulsory basic education and this has help to jack –up pupil’s enrolment from 1 Million to 3.3 Million currently “the UBE Commission is delighted with these achievements and would continue to partner with the State government through SUBEB to move basic education forward” he said.
The Executive Secretary said the retreat will provide an opportunity for the Board and Management to brainstorm, exchange ideas and strategize in moving basic education forward.
Commenting on Covid -19, the Executive Secretary said the pandemic serves as an eye opener to all stakeholders in basic education, adding that during the peak of the scourge, teaching and learning in public schools was grounded to a halt and over forty-two (42) Million children in public schools were sent home abruptly for a whole academic session.
He said “at this retreat, members will have the opportunity to discuss affective ways and means of strengthening the capacity of UBEC, SUBEB and their critical stakeholders in handling similar situation in future and map out strategies for quick response and remediation”.
Earlier, the governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (OFR) who declared the retreat open said his administration is bent on transforming the Almajiri system in the State and urge all stakeholders in basic education sub- sector to invest heavily in basic education.
The retreat with the theme “Enhancing Basic Education in Nigeria toward a Robust Institutional Strengthening and effective stakeholder Engagement” will also feature presentation from various experts from UNICEF, DFID and the World Bank.