Achadu Gabriel, Kano
Despite critical challenges in the education sector inherited from previous administrations, Kano state government has promised not to relent in bringing about the desired change in the sector.
“There are challenges in infrastructure, teaching materials and even the quality of teachers, but we are not overwhelmed by the problems; so, we will continue to do our best to improve the quality of education our children get,” the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, stated.
Governor Ganduje stated this on Friday night when he received a delegation from Kano State students studying at Kaduna Polytechnic, at the Governor’s Lodge in Kaduna, a statement issued by Director-General media and publicity, Government House, Kano, Ameen K. Yassar, has maintained.
He added: “We are not unaware of the challenges; that is why we devote substantial part of our annual budgets to education. More classrooms are being constructed, more facilities provided across all sub-sectors of education, while it is no longer news that teacher training is our priority. For instance, instead of sacking unqualified primary school teachers, we sent over 30,000 back to school so that they can be equipped with the necessary skills for imparting knowledge.
“I am sure you are not unaware that we are paying all our students scholarship, while we have invested seriously to ensure that almost all the courses offered by our state-owned tertiary institutions are now fully accredited. Infrastructural developments at two universities are going on,” he added.
“Similarly, only about one week ago, I signed the Kano state College of Education and Preliminary Studies Bill into law, which has elevated Kano state College of Arts, Sciences and Remedial Studies to full tertiary institution, which will be awarding professional certificates in education, in addition to other services it is currently offering,” Dr. Ganduje said.
He therefore urged students of the state to appreciate the huge investment in education by striving for moral and academic excellence, pointing out that with education, the sky is their limit in terms of job opportunities.
Specifically on Kano state students at Kaduna Polytechnic, the governor asked them to formally present their request for logistics support, for government consideration.
Leader of the delegation, Tijjani Abba, who thanked the governor for restoring their scholarships, requested the state government to provide accommodation and a bus for their members, computers for their business center as well as financial support towards hosting the annual Kano Day in their institution.