From 900,000, Katsina now has 2.2m children in primary schools
Katsina State government has disclosed that the incumbent administration has boosted primary education attendance from 2015 to date, by more than 1.2 million pupils.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof Badamasi Lawal, said the state government was able to boost primary school attendance from 900,000 during the tenure of the past administration, to more than 2.2 million pupils.
Lawal said of the current number, more than one million were boys, while a little over 1.1 million are girls.
He said the effort was made possible by the government’s collaboration with international organisations, through programmes like Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and Global Partnership for Education (GPE).
The commissioner said additional recruitment of teachers, as well as prompt payment of their salaries and allowances, also served as an impetus to improve the number of pupils in primary schools.
According to him, the state government met about 19,000 primary school teachers when it came on board, but was able to increase the same to 27,000 who are on salaries and pension.
He said the number is in addition to 5,000 other teachers employed to teach in primary schools under the S-Power programme, an equivalent of the Federal Government’s N-Power scheme.
Lawal said despite reports that most out-of-school children are found in the northern part of the country; the state has been able to reduce the number through its policies and programmes in the sector.
He assured that the state government during its remaining period in office implemented more policies and programmes that would see more children enrol on primary schools in the state.