Free education declared in Kaduna

free education in Kaduna

As much as this might sound as good news, I am so taking it with a pinch of salt. This is the same country that would throw in the free education coin as one of the major problem our educational system is producing bad products when a debate comes up or maybe that only applies in the tertiary level.Kaduna State Government has declared a 13.7 billion naira yearly free education policy for primary and Secondary Schools students in the state.As far as I am concerned, when it comes to this sector, free education is cool but not what is needed to sanitize education in Nigeria. How do you ensure that the children in these schools are really impacted and can stand children from our immediate private schools let alone the western world?According to dailypost, the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai made this announcement at the end of a three-day retreat for Commissioners and Special Advisers in the state at the Fifth Chukker Polo Ground, along Kaduna-Saminaka Express Way.According to him, the policy had taken away the burden of tuition fees, school uniforms, feeding at the state boarding schools and other sundry charges from parents every year.The governor strongly warned that any principal who collects any form of fees from parents would be dealt with, describing as fraudulent the 3.7 billion naira allegedly spent on school fees by the immediate past PDP government in the state.The governor explained that about 9 billion naira would be spent for standadized three sets of school uniforms for 1.1 million pupils in primary schools and other materials to make learning easy for them, while about 3.7 billion naira would be spent on fees and feeding for over 3,780 Junior Secondary Schools students across the state.He added that the state would be paying about 200 million naira per term as school fees for students, while government supplement for feeding in boarding schools would gulp 200 million naira per term as well.According to the governor, about 5,000 local tailors would be engaged to produce the single type uniforms for all the schools in the state, noting that the idea was to create jobs for local entrepreneurs in Kaduna State.He assured that Kaduna state would follow the path and landmarks of progressive leadership as represented by the All Progressive Congress, APC and President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that transparency, accountability, strict adherence to ethics and values, integrity, openness and high sense of responsibility would be the watchword of his administration. 

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