Achadu Gabriel, Kano
Dr. Ganduje Umar Ganduje of Kano state has said that the astronomical increase in enrollment across the various sectors of education in Kano has become a serious impediment to the attainment of his administration’s education policy objectives.
Ganduje observed that, owing to several state government interventions and public enlightenment, the total school enrollment figure in Kano state has continued to rise, with the number reaching 4,084,965 pupils at the moment, a statement issued by Director-General (D-G) media and publicity, Government House Kano, Ameen K. Yassar, has announced.
The governor, in the statement made available to journalists, weekend said, this figure “comprises 3,695,402 pupils at pre–primary and primary, and 389,293 pupils at Junior Secondary School, respectively, as contained in a recent UBEC audit conducted nationwide.”
According to him, this is without the other components of Senior Secondary Schools, including science and technical colleges, two state–owned universities, other tertiary institutions and several state monotechnics.
Ganduje, who disclosed this in a speech at the closing of a one-week special training for 500 Mathematics, Science and ICT teachers from Kano State Science and Technical Schools Board at the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, said his administration would continue to invest in the sector, particular in infrastructural development, provision of teaching materials and capacity building of teachers.
Dr. Ganduje promised that his government would sustain its commitment towards “qualitative teachers with desired skills through training and retraining as well as providing conducive learning environment and right tools and materials for effective teaching and learning.”
Similarly, he asserted that attention would be focused on “quality access to all-deserving children, so that rightful students would always be placed in the science and technical colleges in the state.”
In his remarks, National Teachers’ Institute Director-General and Chief Executive, Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, said “The workshop on Activity-Students-Centered-Experiment-Improvisation and Plan-Do-See and Improve pedagogical approach for effective classroom practice in Mathematics and Sciences focused on how teachers can bring about better learning through effective classroom practices that would facilitate the implementation of the curriculum.”