May 27, 2024

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Kano Govt declares state of emergency on education

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Kano state government is to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

The state commissioner of education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa stated this monday at three days workshop for the Development of the sector’s annual Operational Plan for education held in Kaduna.

The commissioner further said that on May the 6th this year, the governor of Kano State Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, will pronounce the declaration of a state of emergency in the education sector.

Doguwa said that with this intended declaration, education shall henceforth take a lead, as first line charge item in government priorities .

The commissioner revealed that the state will launch an admission drive in two weeks time, at the five emirates where they will advocate with Emirs, District, Village and Ward Heads to improve pupils enrollment in primary schools.

Doguwa hinted that the state government has granted approval to several requests submitted by the ministry of education.

To this end the commissioner explains that the state government will soon commence mass renovation of schools, purchase instructional materials for onward distribution to schools.

If implemented, the commissioner said the Kano state will be a pace setter in the education subsector for other states to follow as it had done decades ago.

It will be recalled that Kano state government is the Pioneer state to introduce Universal Basic Education, science and technical schools as well as the Agency for mass Education policies, which were finally replicated in several states of the Federation.

*Doguwa tasks Teachers on professional conduct*

The commissioner has appealed to teachers under the employment of Kano state government to take up their job with utmost seriousness it deserved.

Doguwa lamented how many teachers used to attend schools with improper dress that depicted them as the most vulnerable or underpaid employees.


He noted that despite earning less remuneration, private school teachers appear to dress decently and are committed to their schedule of duties.

*Kano Assembly increases education budget with N3.7bn in 2024 appropriation*

In his remarks the chairman of Kano state House of assembly Committee on Education Alhaji Sulaiman Mukhtar Ishaq (Madobi Constituency) said the House has increased the budget of Kano state education subsection with over N3.6bn.

With this intervention, the member said Kano is rated as the state with the highest appropriation in the education subsector in Northern Nigeria.

*PLANE procures instructional materials for Kano pupils*

In his presentation, the State Team Lead Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) Alhaji Umar Lawan pledged to support the realisation of the commissioner’s 14 point education reform agenda in the ministry.

He also assured the support of the PLANE whenever Kano declares a state of emergency in education.

The STL recalled that about a month ago, PLANE supported a strategic dialogue where commissioner of education, members of Kano state House of Assembly and other stakeholders developed 3 policies for implementation

Lawan hinted that PLANE is supporting the Kano government to conduct an education recovery conference, adding that a committee has since been constituted in that regard.

According to Lawan PLANE has procures large consignment of instructional materials for onward distribution to primary school pupils in the state.

*Why we organise the AOP*

In his presentation the Director planning, research and statistics in the state ministry of education, who doubles as Co-chair Kano State Accountability on Education (K-SAFE) Alhaji Munzali Mustapha said the event was to track the implementation of the 2023 2AOP and support the populating of the 2024 AOP for education sector.

Others objectives of the meeting according to him include building the capacity of the sector planning teams on the preparation and utilisation of the AOP in implementing the annual budget and achieving the expected outcomes.

The event featured presentation of goodwill messages from Project Coordinators of AGILE and IDEAS Malam Nasiru Abdullahi Kwalli and Malam Sani Wada Bello respectively as well as secretary of Kano State Accountability in Education (K-SAFE) Dr Kabiru Hamisu Kura.

*Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim*

*Chairman, Knowledge Management and Communication Committee,*

*Kano State Accountability Forum on Education (K-SAFE).*

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