From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state yesterdaylaunched the 2020/2021 “Better Education Service Delivery For All” programme designed to reduce the number of out-of-school children to the bearest minimum in the state.
Masari in an address at the occasion held in Katsina, said government will give the programme desired attention to serve as a vehicle for achieving education for all.
“Katsina state qualified to be one of the 17 BESDA focus states with highest number of out-of-school children”, he explained, saying that, to increase equitable access to qualitative education for the out-of-school children, a total of 361,525 targeted children have so far been enrolled back to school across the state.
The Governor added that, in addition, integration of 55 Quranic schools (IQS) in 15 Local Education Authorities in the state has been successful, while the supply of teaching, learning, water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) items as well as furniture items to the centres have been accomplished.
“The state government has implemented series of activities in respect of system strengthening and accountability in almost all the disbursement link indicators which include the conduct of annual school census 2019/2020, review of medium term basic education sector strategic plan 2020-2023 capacity building for the education managers and others”.
Masari who noted that, all the activities implemented so far were in accordance with the state BESDA delivery plan 2019/2020 and the Programme Appraisal Document (PAD), however commended the Federal Ministry of Education and the Universal Basic Education Commission for their foresight and commitment in coming up with the programme.
He said government has strengthened the basic education in terms of employment of adequate qualified teachers, adding that, a total of 3,738 teachers were employed to boost the quality of education in addition to 5,000 S-Power teachers recruited to enhance the basic sector of education.
The Governor therefore assured that, government will continue to support the conduct of annual enrolment drive, even after the life span of the programme, as part of strategy to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state.
He also urged all the state implementing partners to strictly abide by the implementation guidelines and commitment for the state to attain the desired results above all it’s peers.
Earlier, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education, said with an estimated 10,193,918 children out-of-school, Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the Sub-Saharan Africa.
“For us to address these challenges adequately, we must strengthen the quality of basic education in Nigeria by confronting head on those factors that deny our children access to basic education”, he charged.