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Our investment in education yielding results, says Masari

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KATSINA State Governor, Aminu Masari, has said that his administration’s investment in the education sector is yielding desired result, especially in the learning outcome of secondary school students.He stated this over the weekend in Zango Council Area, during the distribution of N8.2 million in scholarship grants to some 1,292 students of higher institutions by the Speaker, State House of Assembly, Tasi’u Maigari.

He said government’s commitment to revamping the sector had seen students from the state perform excellently during the last National Examinations Council (NECO) and West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

Noting that his administration made education a priority with a view to restoring its lost glory, Masari added that substantial amount of the state’s yearly budgets have been earmarked for the sector since he assumed office in 2015.He described the speaker’s effort to support students with scholarship grants as a welcomed development, even as he called on other politicians and stakeholders to emulate the gesture.

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The Speaker, on his part, said the scholarship grant was borne out of a desire to support the students of his constituency to attain their educational pursuits.He advised the beneficiaries to dedicate themselves to their studies, even as he assured of expanding the scholarship grant to enable more students benefit from it.

The breakdown of the grant shows that 13 master’s degree students were supported with N15, 000 each, while 317 undergraduates received N10,000 each.Additionally, two HND students received N7,000 each, 13 ND students, 113 OND and 52 health-related students, received N5,000 each.

In related development, state ministry of education says it recorded unprecedented feat in last year’s public examinations by students from the state, with 62.8 per cent of them making five credits and above.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Prof. Badamasi Lawal, said of a total of 319,347 candidates that sat for various public examinations during the period, 217,835, representing 62.8 per cent, scored five credits and above.added that 138,074 of the 217, 835 candidates, representing 63.3 per cent, scored credit in Mathematics and English Language.

On the 2019 NECO examination, the commissioner said of the 52,285 candidates that sat for the assessment, 44,408 or 84.9 percent, scored five credits and above in all subjects.

He added that of the number, 33,682 candidates or 75.84 per cent of them, scored five credits that included English Language and Mathematics.On the last WAEC examination, Lawal said 74,138 sat for the examination out of which 59,928 representing 79.4 per cent, scored five credits and above in all subjects. He added that 41,667 of the 59,928 candidates, representing 70.7 per cent, scored five credits that included English Language and Mathematics.

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