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Katsina scholarships address science teachers shortage

17 December 2013, 12:56Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Katsina State government has sponsored 400 locals to study science-related subjects in Sudan, Egypt and Jordan in an effort to improve the imbalance of science teachers in the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Aminu Kado Kurfi, said the exercise would cost the state government more than N2 billion.

He explained that the beneficiaries were selected from different government-owned secondary schools and sat for examination to ensure due process in the selection process.

“Some sponsored students have completed their study and returned to Nigeria and now they have set up their own business. The huge investment in education has brought a positive output for the state,” he said.

Prof Kurfi said government was committed to uplifting education standards in the region.

He added that within the last six years, government had build more than 200 secondary schools and recruited 2 300 teachers.

On efforts to boost primary education in the state, the commissioner said more than 2 000 teachers were currently on in-service programmes to ensure delivery of quality education in the state.

Prof Kurfi explained that government was in the process of providing 20 000 table and chairs to impoverished schools.

He said government every year spent N200 million for the provision of furniture to schools.

He said the state government has so far expended over N5.6 million as counterpart funding for primary schools.

– CAJ News


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