By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday disclosed that steps have been taken to make secondary school education in the state free and compulsory for girls.
The state Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai stated this when him and his deputy, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex, received on courtesy visit, the Governing Board of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), led by the Chairman, Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar, held at Government House, in Kaduna.
el-Rufai said, “no one will be allowed to take his girl out of school until she finishes her secondary school as poverty will not deprive any child in the state from going to school.
He advised that the annual school census provided by the Ministry of Education be accurate and objective in providing school support as at last year September, there were about 2.1m children in their basic education system, 1.5m in primary school and 300 thousand in junior secondary schools, while they are pleased that parents will bringing more of their children to school.
el-Rufai explained that as part of their contribution, they have provided uniforms to junior and senior secondary schools, to prevent it from being a burden on parents and not to give an excuse for not sending their children to schools while he has granted approval for the recruitment of 7,600 teachers for secondary schools in the state.