By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government says it is re-emphasizing boarding school education to ensure quality education delivery in secondary schools in the state.
The state’s commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ja’aru Sani said this when Government Secondary School Old Boys Association paid him a visit in his office in Kaduna.
Sani explained that the effort was part of ongoing reform programme in the education sector to provide affordable and quality education to all citizens in the state.
He said that contracts have been awarded for the rehabilitation and remodelling of existing boarding schools and converting other day schools to boarding with a view to improve access and quality.
“So far, 16 boarding schools have been rehabilitated under the first phase of the school rebuilding programme, eight others are at various stages of completion while the remaining ones would comes on stream under the third phase.
“At the end of the day, we hope to have at least 32 boarding schools up and running in the state with up-to-date facilities to ensure quality teaching and learning.
“Boarding school make students attain some level of independence and the willingness to exploit opportunities far from their comfort zone.
“It will also promote academic excellence and enable the students maintain high level of discipline and strengthen national unity and integration, “the commissioner said.
He also said that contract have been awarded for the rehabilitation and upgrade of public libraries in the state to encourage scholarship among citizens.
He told the association that his doors are open for advise and suggestions that would move the education sector forward.
Earlier, the Chairman of the association, Mr Aaron Ajona said that they old boys were in his office to extend a hand of friendship to the commissioner who is also an old boy of the school.
Ajona said that the association would partner with the state government in improving the quality of eduction in the state.