Providing Water, Sanitary Provisions To Schoolgirls Will Improve Attendance – KADBEAM Scorecard

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

A three-point demand has been put forward to the Kaduna State Government by a citizen group,  Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM), a  co-creation accountability platform between government and civil society working  around education.
The demands which include timely release of finances, provision of water and ensuring safe spaces,  was contained in the Scorecard presented to participants of a  two-day discussion on education scorecard in Kaduna State, which begain in Zaria on Monday November 15, 2020.

According to KADBEAM, this demands followed the tracking of  execution of some of the projects in 15 local government areas of the state with the support from Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn, Engaged Citizens Pillar (PERL ECP). 
“Government should ensure timely releases  and cash-backing of allocated funds to  complete the 69% on-going projects. 
“Kaduna State Government must urgently  address blockages to fiscal transparency in  the education sector especially in delivery  of projects.
“Projects under the UBE programme should be implemented in a more transparent manner leveraging on the existing procurement solutions in line with the  governments’ commitment to the Open  Government Partnership and SFTAS,” KADBEAM demanded.
They  demanded that the Kaduna State Government should provide more  gender-sensitive Water and Sanitation (WASH) facilities and  sanitary supplies in schools to improve  hygiene practices among girls. 
“This will  improve school attendance among girls and prevent open defecation,” KADBEAM Scorecard said.
It added,”Government should provide safe spaces in  schools to ensure a safe and friendly  learning environment for girls. 
“The  findings revealed only 7% of safe spaces  available in schools. Government should ensure that school  infrastructure at the basic level are inclusive, accessible and friendly to PWDs  as findings show 74.4% projects do not  have ramps. None of the projects have ramps leading to the classroom.Government should disseminate to host  communities adequate procurement data,  especially information on cost, design, specifications and standards, bill of quantity, description of the project and  other information communities may  demand as useful for proper community monitoring,”.
The group said that this will strengthen citizens participation  and promote fiscal transparency and  accountability in the delivery of education projects.
“Citizens at the community level and  influencers should ensure that school facilities  are protected against indiscriminate use for activities like weddings, football etc,” they demanded. 

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