Abuja - Sokoto State has commenced an enrolment programme to admit 1,2 million children into primary and junior secondary schools across the state.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has launched the programme at Bodinga Local Government Area.
It seeks to enhance access to all eligible children to universal basic education and promote retention, completion and transition of students from basic and secondary levels to tertiary institutions in the state.
Speaking at the event, the governor said the state would strengthen the enrolment drive to ensure it achieved its objectives.
He said parents would be supported with a conditional cash transfer programmes to ensure they allowed their children attended classes.
The government would deploy technology for biometric data capture of those enrolled in order to keep track of their school attendance and performance.
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Steps would be taken to address constraints and challenges that might arise while they are in schools, Tambuwal said.
UNICEF's Chief Field Officer in Sokoto, Mohammad Mohiuddin, lauded the enrolment campaign.
He noted Sokoto had the highest number of primary school children that were out of school, mostly girls.
The State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Muhammad Jabbi Kilgore, said the theme for the enrolment drive was "Catch them Early, Keep them Long."
He said the campaign would be aggressively conducted to massively register children with special focus on girl child with a view to lay solid foundation on gender balance in schools.
- CAJ News