From:ZULAIHAT AHMAD UBA
As it prepares to connect all Boarding Schools with electricity power supply and Solar system.
In it’s effort to provide conducive teaching and learning atmosphere, Kano State Government has commenced arrangements for providing upkeep (running cost) to Secondary Schools across the state.
The state Commissioner of education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa stated this during a meeting with Schools Principals and Zonal Directors held at Rumfa Collage, Kano.
Umar Doguwa who announced that the ministry was directed by the State Governor Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf to initiate process for the effective commencement of the upkeep allocation, asked the Principals who are yet to open school account to make sure they do so to start enjoying the programme.
In a statement signed by Director public enlightenment state ministry for education Balarabe Abdullahi Kiru the commissioner said no school should be considered by using individual account to receive the upkeep, adding that the ministry would come out with clear names of the signatories responsible for handling the school account to achieve transferences and accountability.
The Commissioner maintained that the ministry was also directed by the Governor to compile the lists of duty posts for the Schools Principals so as to improve their working condition.
“Plans are also underway to connect all our Boarding Schools with electricity power supply and Solar system to ensure adequate power supply in those Schools, and not only that, the ministry is given an approval to provide security guards to our Boarding Schools with a view to ensuring adequate security for the students,” he disclosed.
Regarding the issue of Science and Technical Schools Examination, Doguwa stressed that no student should be given admission if he/she failed to get the required marks, adding that the ministry is determined to do everything possible to produce candidates with higher quality education.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary Kano State Ministry of Education Hajiya Kubra Imam said the meeting was organized to discuss on issues relating to the release of 2023 NECO result, preparation of 2024 Qualifying Examination, Beneficiaries of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Disable Qualifying Examination.
Hajiya Kubra warned that the ministry would take decisive measures against any Principal or examination officer found registering SS 1 student to sit for the qualifying examinations with sole aim of selling the result to make money.
“It has also come to our notice that some Principals are collecting cards for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme from the beneficiaries to deduct N5000 out of the N20,000 given to them, so that must stop as from today ” she lamented.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board Dr. Kabiru Ado Zakirai thanked the Governor of Kano State Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusif for initiating policies and programmes aimed at revitalizing the state education sector.
He cited the recent flag off of the distribution of instructional materials to schools by the Governor as positive step taken to uplift both basic and secondary education in the state.