The Kaduna State Government said it has recruited additional 13,606 qualified teachers for its public primary schools.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Malam Ja’afaru Sani, made the disclosure during a news conference where he said the exercise was to complete the recruitment of 25,000 vacancies earlier announced by the state government after the sack of about 22,000 alleged unqualified teachers in January.
Sani said among the newly recruited teachers is a PhD holder, 8,494 first degree holders while the remaining were holders of National Certificate in Education (NCE).
The commissioner recalled that the state government had in March recruited 11,395 qualified teachers and deployed them to various primary schools across the state.
Sani also said that the state government had begun implementation of free education for 191,445 female students in the state’s public secondary schools as directed by the state governor, Malam Nassir el-Rufai.
He said the gesture would cost the state government N143.587 million per term, amounting N430.791 million yearly.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]Sani explained that the efforts of the state government toward improving access to girl-child education has attracted support from NGOs and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.[/penci_blockquote]
“This has become necessary with a view to removing all obstacles standing on the way of the girl-child education in the state.
“We hope with this gesture, parents will have no excuse not to send their female children to school.
“This will also significantly increase enrolment and retention of the girl-child in school because it is in line with the premium the current administration placed on educating the girl-child.
“This also explains why the female students were accorded priority when government distributed 15,000 tablets computers to secondary school students in the state.” he said.
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Sani explained that the efforts of the state government toward improving access to girl-child education has attracted support from NGOs and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.
He listed some of the organisations that supported to include, the T. Y. Danjuma Foundation, Centre for Girl Education of ABU Zaria, and Girl-Child Concern, among others.
“Also about 900 million and 70.335 million have been expended on girl-child scholarship and female teacher support respectively, under the World Bank’s 21.5 million dollars grant for Global Partnership for Education Project.
“Similarly, Mercy Corps Foundation in collaboration with the education ministry had equally ensured the return of 100 drop – out married women to school.
“You can see that Kaduna State has demonstrated it resolve in many ways for female students to receive the best of education.
“This we are doing by removing any hindrance on the way of the girl-child from acquiring quality education,” Sani said.