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Kano approves mega unity schools in five emirates

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Kano State Executive Council has approved the establishment of five mega unity schools to enable enrolment across the newly created emirates.

The Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Kiru, disclosed yesterday that the approval was to further spread access to education and provide adequate infrastructure.

Kiru told journalists that each of the schools would take 360 students, with junior secondary and SS1 students beginning with the 2020/2021 academic session.

He said with the approval of the five new schools, the number of unity colleges in the state had been increased to seven, including those at Karaye and Kachako, adding that admission into the schools would be open to students from other 18 Northern states.

According to him, the schools would be headed by Directors/Principals and Deputy Directors on GL 15 as Vice Principals (Academic and Administration) for prudent, effective, efficient and maximum management.

The council also approved N37million for the rehabilitation of the hostel at Government Girls Technical College, Gwarzo, recently gutted by fire.

In another development, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has directed the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) to remain neutral in the forthcoming council elections early next year.

He gave the directive during the swearing-in of the new commissioners of the electoral body after the council meeting.

MEANWHILE, Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Muhammad, has described the special salary recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for teachers as a welcome development.

“It is a welcome development. In Kaduna, we pay teachers better than their counterparts in the civil service,” Muhammad told The Guardian yesterday.

This was as the Association of Private School Owners in Nigeria (APSON), Kaduna chapter, said it was not all private schools in the state that could afford the new welfare package for teachers.

While the private school owners seem reluctant to effect the new salary structure for teachers, they claimed that accepting such was dependent on the capacity of such school.

Expectedly, Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kaduna chapter, Ibrahim Siraj, expressed delight and commended Buhari for the gesture.

He also described the new salary and added years of service as a welcome development.


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