The famous Capital School Kaduna, established 1957 for children of the rich, by the late Premier of Northern Region, Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, is now surviving on its past glory, as 35% of her teaching staff is operating on part-time basis.
The principal of the school, Mrs. Zulai R. Ja’afaru, made the revelation in an address on weekend at the 60th Anniversary and Founder’s Day Lecture and Magazine Launch in Kaduna.
She stated that the population of the students has grown much higher than the time it was established, despite the shortage of teaching staff.
Mrs. Ja’afaru said even though the school is facing so many challenges, “Those that need urgent attention are employment of our part-time teachers, as 35 percent of our teachers are on part-time basis.”
She also noted that additional teachers in some selected disciplines like Financial Accounting, Animal Husbandry, Commerce, Office Practice, Physical and Health Education, Religious Study, English Language, Literature and Mathematics.
Other challenges, according to the principal, include students’ desks and benches, electric transformer, renovation of classes and toilets, Internet Café, two boreholes, solar street lights, and equipped library, among others.
Hajiya Zulai, however, commended Kaduna state government for its continued support, assistance and cooperation, especially with the prompt payment of teachers’ salaries and allowances, the posting of newly-recruited teachers to the school as well as payment of NECCO fee for indigent students.
Also in his address, the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who spoke in Hausa, said government would regularise the appointment of part-time teachers as soon as possible, adding that education is one of the priorities of his administration.
He said although the school, which was beyond reach of poor parents like himself, was established for the golden children from very rich people like Dantata, Emirs, top colonial government officials, and only met them when proceeded to higher schools.
In his lecture, former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said the history of Nigeria is very clear, saying that the Northern Nigerian money was used to develop the economy of the country, including the refinery, and wondered why the Southerner should describe the North as parasites.
Millions of naira was realized at the Magazine launch. The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, featured as the Chief Launcher.