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Sokoto concludes pilot survey on 40 Secondary Schools — ex VC


By Bashir Rabe Mani

Sokoto  –  Prof. Riskuwa Shehu, Chairman of the Technical Committee on the Implementation of the State of Emergency on  Education in Sokoto State, says it had concluded a pilot survey on 40 Secondary Schools across the state.

Shehu, the immediate -past Vice Chancellor of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) in Sokoto  on Wednesday.

He said that the survey was conducted as part of the proactive and plausible strategies to ensure the success of the implementation of the declaration of the state of emergency on the education sector in the state.

“The survey was a Needs Assessment conducted to have a comprehensive knowledge of all the critical indices needed to provide quality education,” he said.

Shehu added that the report of the findings of the pilot survey would soon be submitted to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, for immediate action.

The former VC said that adequate planning was required to make the declaration successful, adding that everything was on course.

Shehu said the survey had generated a myriad of accurate data to revamp the education sector in the state.

He said: “The gesture was aimed at assessing the state of the schools and ascertain whether they met global standards.

“ The globally-accepted indices of education include the availability of classrooms or otherwise, availability of Teachers and their qualifications and other infrastructural facilities.

“Others include, the availability of teaching aids, Information and Communication Technology, clinics, teachers to students’ ratios, as well as the level of dilapidation of structures, among others.

“These are the most critical instruments used in measuring the success or otherwise of the education system.”

Shehu further stated that the declaration itself was a success, noting that progress was being recorded, coupled with several policy changes and programmes at the Ministry of Education.

He said: “If you don’t plan well, you will not have value for your money, especially with the current recession.

“So, we have to get our priorities right and channel resources to the prioritized areas, to avoid the past mistakes,” the chairman added.

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