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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Inside Nigeria’s ‘most crowded’ classroom with 499 pupils

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Fako Primary School, Rimin Kebe, Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State is arguably having one of the most crowded classrooms in the country, with 499 pupils cramped in one class.

In a video obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN on Tuesday, the pupils were heard chorussing their number in the class when their teacher asked them in Hausa.

“How many of you are in this classroom,” the teacher asked while playing host to the newly elected chairman of the local government.

“Four hundred and ninety nine,” the students chorussed in unison as they were repeatedly asked by the teacher.

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In December last year, while laying the foundation for additional classroom blocks at Darmanawa Special Primary School that would accommodate 21,960 pupils, Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had said that the state has over three million pupils in primary schools.

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“Presently, we have over three million children in public primary school, which is more than the population of some states.

“Classes, furniture and educational materials are not enough so it is our responsibility to do our best to address this challenge,” he lamented.

He said the new blocks of classrooms are being put up under the 2016 fiscal year of the state government/Universal Basic Education matching grant projects, worth N2.2 billion.

Mr Ganduje said that under the scheme, 61 two-storey blocks consisting six classrooms per block, including offices, would be constructed and furnished.

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“Each block will have six classrooms. Each classroom will accommodate 60 pupils, so more opportunity will be provided for our teeming children to attend public schools and enjoy our free education policy”, the governor stated.

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