Addressing Out of School rot in Jigawa State

Written by Pyramid FM Kano


By Abdullahi Jalaluddeen

It has almost become a recurring decimal that out of Out of School Children is a serious  phenomenon currently affecting almost all parts of the federation.

For what it is known and highly revered, Nigeria  has been widely acknowledged as a bastion of education with the advent of notable premier Universities that had remarkably produced men and women of great substance who  had fought tooth and nail in proving their academic brilliance  and worth.

Such an unfettered recognition had earned the country a great deal of respect, honour and decorum in the eyes of those who considered the craze for educational excellence as worthwhile at the time when the country was in dire need of adequate  manpower and expertise  to forge ahead.

Where the craze for speedy education development was pushed to the lower rung of the ladder on account of one not comprehending the  value of acquiring western education,  development at all spheres of human interest is at low ebbs.

It is however, a sad commentary for one to note that the northern part of the country is far left behind in terms of gaining appreciable credence  educationally as many parents remained utterly impervious to change despite the high priority policy makers at all levels  stressed the need for parents to enrol their children in schools.

Experts in the educational sector have forecasted negative results if the menace is not addressed properly and adequately.

Recently, during an interaction with the media, the executive secretary of the National Commission for Nomadic Education, Professor Bashir Usman said the prevalence of out-of-school children needs multiple approaches, especially with the rising insecurity bedeviling the development of the nation.

Jigawa state is one of the Noth western states that are currently facing the challenge of out-of-school children.

Speaking during an official event in jigawa the minister of state federal ministry of education said over 10 million Children were presently roaming about on the streets in jigawa and other states across the nation.

“Among the 17 northern states that are facing the challenge of out-of-school children ,jigawa state is one of the worse states being affected by the menace”

“That was the reason behind introducing the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) aimed at addressing the menace of out-of-school children.

On his part, Governor Badaru Abubukar of Jigawa state maintained that the state government had implored strategies of addressing the challenge.

“We’ve recruited 1,393 teachers in 2018 while additional 4000 teachers have been screened for employment, all in an effort to ensure that we reduce the number is out-of-school children in jigawa state.we’ve also employ additional 4000 teachers”

Despite all this efforts, the Jigawa state Commissioner of education, science and technology Dr Lawan Yunusa Danzomo pointed out that, the state government inaugurated 14 member committee for taking over and commencement of academic activities at Dutse Mega schools and Santami in Garki local government areas with the aim of producing a qualitative students that will compete with any other state in the federation in terms of qualitative education.

He said, the committee was charged with the responsibilities of defining the type of school to operate,category of the students to be admitted and criteria of admission among others.

He said the state Government will establish 200 new nomadic schools and also employ 10 herders from each of the 27 local government areas of the state.

He said the Governor stated this when he received the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Jigawa state Chapter at government house Dutse.

According to him, the present administration is focused on ensuring that every citizen of the state benefited from the state government’s effort to increase access to education as well as improve the living standard of herders across the state in order to curtail out of school children.

Also in an interview, a parent in Dutse Alhaji Dahiru Suleiman opined that some of the challenges facing out of school children in jigawa state has drastically increased.

He said poverty and ignorance has played a very vital role in contributing to out of school children in the state.

According to him, some of the parents in the state encourage their children into hawking than enrolling them into schools.

Dahiru Suleiman noted that, hawking in markets and motor parks results to various social vices among under aged children such as rape amongst others.

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