The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Kaduna State, Mallam Ja’afaru Sani, has announced full implementation of free education for female students in the state’s public secondary schools, as a measure to tackle girl-child lack of education in the state.
Mallam Sani made this known while addressing a press conference in Kaduna state, noting that the government’s decision became necessary with a view to removing all obstacles standing on the way of the girl-child education in the state. He also said the state government has recruited additional 13,606 qualified teachers for its public primary schools, including a PhD holder.
Sani explained that about 191,445 female students are currently in public schools to benefit from the gesture that would cost the government N143.587 million every term and N430.791 million every year. In his words, “We hope by this gesture, parents will have no excuse not to send their daughters to school and significantly increase enrolment and retention of the girl-child in school”.
It will be recalled that the female students were accorded priority when the government distributed 15,000 tablet computers to secondary school students,” Sani noted. He however, revealed the state government would enjoy support from some non-governmental organisations including TY Danjuma Foundation, for 120 girls; Centre for Girl Education of ABU Zaria, 250 girls; and Girl-Child Concern, 750 girls.
Sani explained further that about N900 million and N70.335 million have been expended on girl-child scholarship and female teacher support respectively under the World Bank’s 21.5 million dollars grant for Global Partnership for Education project.