The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday launched the distribution of 779,522 uniforms and other instructional materials to primary school pupils across the 44 local government areas of the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the distribution was part of Mr Ganduje’s free and compulsory basic and secondary education policy.
During the flag-off ceremony, held at Mariri Special Primary School in Kumbotso Local Government Area, Mr Ganduje stated that the gesture was informed by his desire to ensure that every child in the state receives basic education free-of-charge.
According to him, in Kumbotso Local Government Area alone, 29,480 sets of new school uniforms were distributed to all the primary 1 pupils across 78 primary schools in the area.
He added that 500 Work Books, 500 Hausa textbooks and 50 flashcard packages were also distributed at the event.
The governor added that in line with the new education policy, the state government had commenced direct funding of 1180 primary and secondary schools with a total student population of 834, 366 at the sum of about N200 million per month and N2.4 billion per year.
Similarly, Mr Ganduje added that the government had also provided school uniforms to 779, 522 newly enrolled pupils at the total cost of N381 million.
“In a bid to reduce teaching deficiency in the sector, the government has engaged 3000 volunteer teachers to teach in the various public and Qur’anic schools across the state.
“The state government has also recruited 650 special teachers to teach English and Mathematics in Qur’anic schools across the state,” Mr Ganduje disclosed.