A total of 400 schools have been renovated or built by the Gombe state government, just as the state governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, has pledged to sponsor the education of visually impaired students in the state.
The governor also reported the distribution of school uniforms and bags containing writing materials to students in public schools and girls’ learning centers across the state.
While performing the exercise at Jalingo Primary School in the Furnakaye local government area, the governor said the distribution of the materials demonstrates his administration’s commitment to improving the quality of education. in the state through the provision of educational materials and basic support to students in various schools across the state.
Inuwa Yahaya also expressed the hope that this gesture will help to increase the level of enrollment and improve the quality of teaching and learning in public schools with a view to producing students who will excel in the higher stages of life in the future.
He lamented, however, that over the years Gombe State had been ranked among the worst performing states on national exams, as such his government saw the need to change the rhetoric through sound education policies. .
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The governor added that his administration encountered an education system ravaged by inadequate and dilapidated infrastructure, large numbers of out-of-school children and an ill-trained and motivated teaching workforce.
He also said that through concerted efforts, the state government declared a state of emergency in the sector and deployed a comprehensive approach to address the educational challenges of the state.
He further stated that the government had taken the necessary measures to improve the level of basic literacy by venturing into the Federal Government / World Bank Better Delivery of Education for All (BESDA) project to ensure the cleaning of out-of-school children and their return to formal learning. centers.
“Other measures taken include the conversion and renovation of the dilapidated and abandoned almajiri school in Kwami into a teacher training center to serve as a capacity building citadel for state teachers,” added the governor. .
Inuwa Yahaya then praised the concerted efforts of BESDA and SUBEB as well as development partners such as USAID and UNICEF to help the state reorganize the level of education in the state through training and retraining. teachers.
He said that “other areas of interest in improving education in the state are the renovation of schools across the state to ensure an atmosphere conducive to learning is established. for students and teachers ”.
He added that from September 2019 to March 2020, the government of Gombe State, through the BESDA project, was able to enroll more than 200,000 out-of-school children, ranging from almajiri / tsangaya school category to education. girls.
The governor, who urged traditional leaders and parents to support the government in sensitization and mobilization, also instructed SUBEB and BESDA officials to be fair and transparent in the distribution of documents.
He told the assembly that his administration was committed to sponsoring all disabled services free of charge, pledging to personally sponsor an eight-year-old visually impaired student, Muhammad Ahmad, who was on occasion with the help of a guide.
He said he would personally fund the education expenses of the elementary boy at any level he aspires to reach out of his own pocket.
Education Commissioner Dr Habu Dahiru assured the assembly that the state education ministry will continue to ensure that the ministry’s statutory mandate to promote quality education policies is upheld.
He noted that the ministry closely supports and monitors basic education projects to ensure that the project becomes a success.
The Commissioner congratulated Governor Inuwa Yahaya for reintroducing the mock exam which he said will now be used as a criterion for sponsoring students within WAEC / NECO.
Habu Dahiru expressed optimism that the reinstated policy will have an impact on student performance in high school certificate exams.
In his welcome speech, BESDA State Coordinator Dr Abdullahi Bappah Garkuwa praised the educational initiatives of Governor Yahaya’s administration and the commitment of other development partners to support the BESDA project, attributing the successes recorded by the project in the state at the positive disposal of Governor Yahaya.
The Chairman of the State Council for Universal Basic Education, the Honorable Babaji Babadidi, attributed the threat of out-of-school children to poverty, socio-economic benefits, cultural and security concerns, applauding Governor Inuwa Yahaya for taking the necessary steps to nip the situation in the bud.
More than 200,000 students are expected to benefit from the free distribution of uniforms and learning materials, as stated in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Advertising to the Governor.