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Educationist urges parents to support daughters quest for tertiary education


DANDUME (KATSINA) -Malam Ado Sama’ila, the Education Secretary, Dandume Local Government Education Authority, in Katsina State, has urged parents to encourage their daughters to study in tertiary institutions in order to maximise their potentials.
Sama’ila made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Dandume.
He said it was important for parents especially in rural areas to stop the habit of preventing their daughters from obtaining higher qualifications after secondary school.
The education secretary said that the practice limits the abilities of girls to contribute more meaningfully to societal development.
He advised parents in the area to access the “Female Teachers Scholarship Scheme’’ instituted by the state government and UNICEF to support women in rural areas to further their education.
Samaila lamented that since the introduction of the scheme in 2009, only eight students from the area had benefitted from the scholarship scheme, because the parents had forced those with genuine interest to abandon school.
He explained that apart from supporting the beneficiaries to study for the National Certificate of Education, the scheme also confers automatic employment to them which allow them to teach in primary schools in their localities.
Sama’ila said the aim of the scheme was to broaden chances of talented girls from less privileged families in rural areas to obtain higher certificates.
“At present girls are jostling over the chances which allow them the opportunity to obtain NCE at Isah Kaita College of Education, Dutsinma,’’ he said.
Sama’ila said that girls with Senior Secondary School Examination results that possessed relevant NCE entrance requirements were eligible for the scheme.
The education secretary expressed optimism that the programme would contribute towards production of qualified teachers and increment in female enrollment in schools.
Sama’ila said the new chairman of the local council, Alhaji Ya’u Nowa, has within his three months in office, embarked on the rehabilitation of primary schools, to enhance teaching and learning.
He urged parents and teachers to reciprocate government efforts by ensuring that all children are enrolled and allowed to attend school regularly. (NAN)

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