The Kaduna State Government has approved the disbursement of N81million to 13 researchers to study various aspects of education reforms introduced by Governor Nasir El-Rufai in the state.
A statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye on Thursday, said that the decision was taken by the State Executive Council chaired by Mr El Rufai.
Mr Adekeye said that the Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Muhammad, had briefed the council that 13 proposals were selected from 75 proposals that were submitted.
According to Mr Adekeye, the ministry had in Oct. 2020 issued an invitation for expression of research interest where 75 researchers had indicated interest.
“Scholars were invited to assess the education sector in Kaduna State in the light of ongoing reforms and to help improve knowledge on access to education, quality provided and the trajectory of human capital development in the state.
“The proposals were evaluated by a 12-member committee, chaired by Professor Ben Chindo of Kaduna State University.
“The committee selected 13 research proposals and are expected to be completed within nine months, after which the State Ministry of Education will organise a conference to present the research findings,” Mr Adekeye added.
The statement said that the budget for research grants would continue but Kaduna State Government would broaden the scope of the research to other sectors including Agriculture, Health, Infrastructure and Security.’’
The Special Adviser reminded that “since 2015, the El-Rufai government has pursued a policy of promoting equality of opportunity through investments in human capital development.
“This has prioritised education and health in budgetary allocations.
“It has manifested in decisive actions such as making the first 12 years of schooling free and compulsory, renovation of schools, building of more classrooms and the replacement of 21,780 failed teachers with 25,000 qualified primary school teachers,’’ he added.