Stakeholders decry poor state of public schools as new educational project unveils in Kano
Worried by the deplorable condition of public primary and secondary schools in Kano, concerned stakeholders have advocated possible solution to restore lost values.
Speaking at a roundtable panel held at the weekend in Kano, stakeholders advanced issues around out-of-school children, Almajir’s education system, poor infrastructure and environment for teaching and learning in public schools in state.
The call for better management of public education system came at the unveiling of new project being anchored by Education Strategic Investment and Development Initiative (esidi) in collaboration with Kano State government and supported by CYNOX technologies to transform teaching and learning in Kano.
One of panelists and Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust newspapers, Naziru Mikailu, advocated genuine reform in public education to revitalise the system. Although, Mikailu believed the concept of Almajir system of teaching and learning remained a viable methodology, he canvassed for it’s mainstreaming with modern science education and entrepreneurship.
On his part, a senior lecturer with Kano College of Education and Remedial Studies, Dr. Kabiru Sufi, called for urgent attention on poor infrastructure and congestion in public schools. Sufi, who equally queried the competence and quality of teachers in public primary and secondary schools, wanted Kano to conduct credibility test for teachers as adopted by Kano State government.
A civil society activist, Comrade Ibrahim Waiya, suggested adoption of local dialects as official language for teaching and learning of science and engineering courses in public schools.
Waiya, who explained that such methodology would rather enhance quality and effective learning, argued that most developed countries relied solely on their local content rather than borrowed language.
While unveiling the new project, the Director, Technologies, CYNOX Limited, Abdulrahman Yabo, disclosed that the strategic education reform will focus on improving pupils enrolment, building teachers competence and creating job opportunity for the youth.
He said the US$500 million investment project with 70 per cent fund raised from partners and international donors and 30 per cent counterpart funding from Kano State government will run for five years.
Kano State Commissioner for Education, Mallam Mohammad Sanusi Kiru, expressed commitment of government to partner with Education Strategic Investment and Development Initiative (esidi), the project implementation component, to actualise the objective.