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Zulum enrols 3,000 children into Borno mega schools

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state; has enrolled 3,000 deprived children into Maiduguri mega schools.

Zulum said the schools would be run by communities in Ajilari and Abuja Sheraton of the metropolis.

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The governor disclosed that most of the beneficiaries are indigent children.

Zulum noted that the new students are deprived of education because their parents could not afford to send them to school. He assured that access roads would be constructed before the end of this year.

The three-story schools were sited at Ajilari Cross in Jere council and Abuja-Sheraton in Maisandari community of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC).

Speaking on schools’ capacities, the governor said: “Each of the schools has 30 classrooms, which would accommodate 40 to 50 pupils per class, while classrooms of the mega schools could accommodate 3,000 pupils.”

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He said the enrolled children, are being provided with free school uniforms for “cleanliness and teacher identification.”

Zulum added that 48 teaching and non-teaching staff, including the headteacher, are already engaged, as public schools resume.

“Government is handing over the schools to the communities. They are expected to run the schools through a committee within the community, while the state government would pay teachers’ salaries through the Education Trust Fund (ETF) grants on monthly basis.”

He also directed the construction of two boreholes to serve the community where the school is sited.

The governor had recently approved the employment of over 766 teachers for secondary schools, pledging to employ more hands as part of efforts to boost the sector.

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