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Borno tackles low school attendances

04 November 2013, 09:35Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The Borno State government has pledged its commitment to improving education standards in the region.

The administration is now distributing books to primary and secondary school students in the state.

Governor Kashim Shettima, who launched the free exercise books project for primary and secondary schools at Abbaganaram Primary School and Junior Secondary School, lauded the high turnout of pupils.

“With the new lease of life in the state especially the capital Maiduguri, a lot needs to be done to make schools what they should be,” he added.

The premier said education could play a key role in curbing terror in the state.

“If children are encouraged to attend school, the problem of insecurity is half solved,” he argued.

The governor said the state his administration would revamp the educational sector, promising that students would be given free uniforms, textbooks and exercise books.

Some students would receive meals.

Shettima said the state government would offer money to parents in the northern parts of the state to enable them send their children to school.

Attendances in some parts of the region are said to be an all-time low.

According to the Education Data Survey, Borno State, with 28 percent, has the lowest school enrolment in the country.

Terror attacks in schools, blamed on the Boko Haram sect, have also impacted on attendances.

– CAJ News



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