Written by Godfrey AKON

Zamfara gov outlines incentives for school enrolment

Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has expressed willingness to introduce school feeding as an incentive to improve enrolment into primary schools in the state.

Yari, who is also the chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, said introducing school feeding programme was in line with the APC manifesto to incentivise pupils for increased enrolment.

The governor spoke in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Prof Suleiman Bogoro.

He also called for the involvement of traditional rulers to motivate parents as well as distribution of free textbooks and teaching materials by state governments to attract students for enrolment.

Speaking on his educational projects in the state, he said his government had built 1,300 classrooms in his first tenure, while 300 others were under construction.

Yari added that if Zamfara state must catch up with its counterparts in the south, it would require 1680 classrooms and two thousand teaching staff.

The governor also pleaded with TETFund to increase its intervention to tertiary institutions in the state, while pledging the collaboration of the NGF with the Fund to ensure more achievements and successes in the sector.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Bogoro charged governors of the 36 states to develop their basic education and improve the quality of education delivery to the students before they proceed to higher education.

“Let me use this special privilege to say that since you are also the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, there is the need for the Forum to prevail on state government on the state of basic education in their states.

“TETFund’s concentration of intervention on federal and state tertiary institutions is to give state government the opportunity of preserving the money they would spend on tertiary, but divert it to the development of basic education with a view to matching the growth and development envisage at all levels of education in the country,” he said.

On research Bogoro said TETFund was working in collaboration with regulatory agencies to produce productive researchers at the tertiary levels, stressing however that state governors should know that major challenges are in basic education.


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