By Habibu Harisu
Gudu – The Sokoto State Government has built 50 new secondary schools based on demands by their respective host communities, according to Dr. Jabbi Kilgori, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education.
Kilgori told newsmen on Sunday in Gudu that government’s partnership with communities on education had continued to yield positive results on the sector.
He said that government had established consultative committees on educational development, at state and local government levels, to streamline government activities toward maximum success of the state-of-emergency declared on education.
According to him, members of the committee included traditional and religious leaders, Parents Teachers Associations, community-based organisations, NGOs and selected individuals.
“The committees assist government on enrollment drive campaigns, mobilise parents on continuation of studies and carry out other forms of sensitisations, including door-to-door contacts.
“Through our partnership with the communities, we get to understand demands and complaints; such information guides us on school establishment needs, teachers and students conducts, and infrastructural needs,” Kilgori said.
He said that N1 billion was sunk into the construction of Balle Secondary School in the Gudu area, adding that the school would serve students from Balle and neighbouring communities.
The Commissioner said that much success had been recorded in the education sector since government declared a state-of-emergency on it, and particularly commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s political will that had ensured prompt responses to educational issues.
He said that 2,000 teachers had been recruited in addition to massive rehabilitation of infrastructures, provision of text and exercise books, furniture, enhanced feeding and the equipping of laboratories.
Kilgori said that the consultative committees had stimulated enrollment competition among communities by instituting an annual award for high enrollments among local governments.
According to him, the local government with the highest enrollment was entitled to N1 million, while the second and third receive N600,000 and N300,000 respectively.
The commissioner said that 488 Qur’anic schools would be integrated into modern system of education under integration enrollment plan this year, adding that two schools would be captured in each of the 244 political wards.
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