By Abbas Bamalli
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State began disbursing N148 million in grants to 1,400 public high schools across the state.
Ganduje made this known by inaugurating the disbursement at Coronation Hall, the government house, in Kano as part of the state education day activities.
He said the grants will improve the state’s Almajiri free education and integration policy.
Ganduje said the free and compulsory education policy introduced by the state can only be supported by consistent funding.
“We provide vouchers to schools for daily maintenance… We provide electronic tablets to education officials of the 44 LGAs for data generation, analysis management and data transfer such as enrollment, registration, discipline, among other things, at headquarters without physical appearance. “
“Apart from Quranic recitation and Western education, the Almajiri are considered to have various skills so that they can also fend for themselves after graduation,” Ganduje said.
He said that to maintain funding for policy and other education programs, the state did not default in matching funding from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) under the government. Nigerian.
He praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring consistent and prompt payments to the state.
“Kano State is current to 2021 in payment of matching funding.
“The surplus that we paid in 2020 is even carried over to 2021 and we thank President Buhari for always ensuring that the funds are released to us on time,” Governor Ganduje said.
According to him, other sources of financing the policy are; resources from the Education Trust Fund, five percent of government internally generated revenue, IGR, one percent of GLA funds, and community participation were voluntary donations to the basket of the Politics.
He said all teachers in the state have been upgraded to NCEs through various trainings.
“We are pleased to have partnered with Media Trust, the publishers of Daily Trust Newspapers for the publication of TEEN TRUST, a publication for the Childre.
“It’s an innovation to educate our children, especially in the northern part.
“I want to assure you that, since taking office in 2015, we have never failed to provide our matching funding for the development of education in Kano State.
“I am happy to inform you that we are up to date, because even from 2021 we have already paid part of it,” Ganduje said.
Earlier in his remarks, State Education Commissioner Sanusi Kiru said 2,662 female secondary school teachers have successfully completed their accelerated NCE program to improve their knowledge and skills.
Kiru said the students received their certificates, adding that each of them received the 50,000 naira per year teachers’ scholarship during their studies.
“In addition to paying hundreds of millions of naira in registration and certification fees. I am delighted to inform you that with this initiative, Kano State does not have a single unqualified teacher in its payroll.
“We are also pioneering the distribution of mobile tablets to 44 local government education officials to simplify data generation, analysis and management with modern technology.
“Before we leave this location, we will be launching the distribution of 543,360,000 books in English, Mathematics and Basic Texts to 840 schools, 60 in each of the 14 zones.
“And also the distribution of 10,000 copies of the Teen Trust Weekly Papers to all high schools in the state,” he explained.
He also said the state government has already obtained Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) accreditation for the CBT exam, so ready for the 2021 exam.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that since 2019 Kano State has introduced free and compulsory primary to upper secondary education as well as the integration of the Almajiri system into the modern education system.
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