Kano State needs N6bn to furnish 9,063 public schools – Education Commissioner

A whopping N6 billion is required to provide furniture for 9, 063 public primary and secondary schools in Kano State, the state Commissioner of Education, Umar Haruna Doguwa has revealed.

Doguwa disclosed this while receiving officials of UNICEF Nigeria, Kano Field office, led by Rahama Rihood Mohammad Farah, in his office, on Tuesday evening.

The computation was arrived at following the distressing situation the present administration found in the education sector, prompting Governor, Abba K. Yusuf, to direct the Ministry of Education to conduct an assessment of the furniture needs of schools in the state.

“We found out that the majority of the 5. 2 million children in our schools have no chairs and desks. In fact, during one of my inspection visits, I found a school, Dawanau Special Primary School in Dawakin Tofa local government area, with 5, 618 pupils all seated on the floor! You can see how bad the situation is”, he lamented.

Apart from the lack of furniture, other problems facing the schools include a lack of infrastructure, resource materials utilities and teachers, as well as the issue of out-of-school children, culminating in a totally collapsed education system, the Commissioner stated.

“I was emotional when I personally visited some of the schools. I visited a school with over 500 children, which has only one staff who serves as the Headteacher/teacher. This should not be the case in any progressive society”.

Umar Haruna emphasized that Kano has a unique challenge in the sector of education because of the level of deterioration in the sector and the state’s huge population, stressing the need for development partners and well-meaning citizens to support the state government towards putting in place far-reaching reforms in the sector.

The Commissioner, however, urged development partners to align their priorities in education with those of the state government, to address critical challenges in a systematic manner and to avoid duplication of interventions.