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Kaduna Govt. to get N2.3bn education grant

15 February 2013, 07:30

Kaduna - The Kaduna State Government on Thursday said it would get N2.3 billion as grant from the Global Partnership to revive its ailing education sector.

The state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Muhammad Usman, made this known at a one-day education conference.

Usman said the fund would enable the ministry work out strategies, implement policies and put it into action toward revamping the education sector.

The commissioner said  no country would develop without investing in the education sector as it would improve the socio-economic structure and the literacy level of the country.

Usman attributed the poor standard of education in the state to unqualified teachers, poor teaching facilities and inadequate training of teachers.

He said the ministry had in conjunction with the education sector Support Programme in Nigeria, mapped out strategies to improve the ailing sector through head teacher and teacher development.

The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Ishaya Akau, said there was the need for host communities to assist the government in safeguarding its properties.

Akau said the education sector would improve if emphasis were placed on teachers’ training, lesson plan, institutional reforms, Education Secretaries reforms, implementing the benchmarks for pupils and quality assurance.

The Chairman, state House of Assembly Committee on Education, Umaru Muhammad, appealed to the State Government to implement the recommendations of the conference.

Gov. Mukhtar Yero stressed the need for stakeholders to support government efforts toward revamping the education sector to enable it achieve the state's transformational agenda.

"Government alone cannot carry the responsibility of providing education for all, just like the theme of this conference emphasised.

"There has to be full involvement of key stakeholders, including the legislature, local governments, traditional rulers, communities and religious leaders, development partners, the organised private sector and other well meaning individuals."

- NAN

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