By, MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Tsangaya pupils and girl child-hawkers in Bauchi state numbering over 53, 000 have received free uniforms, learning instructional materials, and child basic needs under the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) program in nine Local Government Areas of Bauchi State to study western education.
Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, Dr. Abubakar Sirimbai Sheikh Dahiru Friday while inspecting the distribution exercise, gave the[u1] Local Governments as Alkaleri, Bauchi, Misau, Ganjuwa, Jama’are, Katagum, Zaki, Gamawa and Itas/Gadau, Items distributed include school uniforms, learning and instructional materials, bathing and washing soaps, first aid box, toilet, and disinfection materials, 6000 two-seaters pupil furniture, mats, school bags and 200 wheel chairs and tricycles to pupils with special needs in the girl-child and Tsangaya Qur’anic Schools.
Under the program, he said, BESDA has constructed modern toilets, temporary learning shades, boreholes, as well as construction of wells across the nine Local Government Areas, stressing that the projects are there physically for whoever wants to go and see.
Also the state project coordinator of BESDA, Sirimbai explained that with the distributions exercise and employment of 1500 teachers to teach in the newly established centers, Tsangaya school pupils and girl-hawkers have formally assumed studies in classrooms.
He gave the assurance that very soon the remaining pupils that didn’t get their learning materials will collect their own, recalling that during mapping exercise the number of pupils captured in both girl-child and Tsangaya centers are over 70, 000.
The Chairman said that his board has carried out center validation where it discovered that over 58,000 pupils joined formal school classes after the reopening with the number of pupils superseding the target set by BESDA”.
Sirimbai stated, “We are mindful that the number of the pupils in the school centers will keep increasing in the coming months because many pupils that went to farm will return to classrooms. We use computer in the enrollment of the pupils across the over 1000 established centers of learning for tsangaya and girl-child pupils in the state”,
He said with the current distributions exercise its now clear that the present administration has touched the lives of citizens in each ward in the nine local government areas which is one of the largest and widest achievements of Governor Bala Mohammed in his efforts to reduce the highest number of out of school children in the state.
The chairman commended Governor Bala Mohammed for affording them the opportunity to do quality job that has a direct bearing on the lives of the less privilege in the state, while assuring that pupils will make the best use of the items for the development of education in the state in order to have good leaders tomorrow.
Tsangaya School proprietors and girl child centers Alaramma Mallam Kabiru and Mallam Muhammadu Zirame commended the steadfastness of the project coordinators and the judicious distribution of the materials, saying their action is worthy of emulation.