Mallam Ja’afaru Sani, The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, has disclosed that the state government has employed additional 13,606 qualified primary school teachers, including a PhD holder.
The commissioner said the recent batch of recruited teachers completed the 25,000 vacancy announced after the sack of the 22,000 unqualified teachers in the state in January, this year.
The commissioner made this known in a press conference in Kaduna, the capital of the state
The commissioner said the 8,494 of the 25,000 recruited teachers were with a first degree , while the rest are holders of National Certificate in Education and a PhD holder.
He stated that the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, had given his nod for the full implementation of free education for girls in the public secondary schools across the state.
He said about 191,445 female students currently in public schools are to benefit from the gesture which would cost the government N143.587 million every term and N430.791 million every year respectively.
“We hope by this gesture parents will have no excuse not to send their girl-child to school and significantly increase enrolment and retention of the girl-child in school.
“It will be recalled that the female students were accorded priority when the government distribute 15,000 tablets computers to secondary school students,” he added.
He added that about N900 million and N70.335 million have been expended on girl-child scholarship and female teacher support respectively under the World Bank’s 21.5 million dollars grant for Global Partnership for Education project.
The commissioner also revealed that some of the supporters to include T. Y. Danjuma Foundation that supported 120 girls, Centre for Girl Education of ABU Zaria, 250 girls, and Girl-Child Concern, 750 girls.
“Similarly, Mercy Corps Foundation in collaboration with the education ministry had equally returned 100 married women dropped-out back to school,” Sani added.