4.7 million pupils sit on bare floor in Kano schools - Gov. Yusuf


Pupils sitting on bare floor

By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Saturday, revealed that his administration met 4.7 million pupils sitting on bare floor in primary schools across the state upon assumption of office on May 29, 2023.

Yusuf made the revelation during the declaration of state of emergency on education in Kano, held at the Open
Arena, Kano Government House.

He said the state government was declaring the state-of-emergency on education with the full support of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Yusuf stated that the lack of instructional materials further compounded the problem, “leaving our teachers and students to struggle with outdated and insufficient resources.

“Above 4.7 million pupils were sitting on bare floors to take lessons while bout 400 schools have only one teacher for all classes subjects and all pupils.

“Rather than building more classrooms and providing basic furniture in the schools, as well as hiring more
teachers, the administration we took over from chose to butcher the land belonging to those schools, in some places demolishing classrooms to create space for shops.

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“Those schools that they could not sell, they closed them down and got them vandalized. The encroachment of public school lands and the conversion of these vital institutions into private business premises is an affront to our communal values and a direct assault on our commitment to public education.

“This reckless appropriation of educational spaces for commercial use is unacceptable and must stopped immediately,” he said.

According to him:. “Today, I stand before you with a profound sense of duty, compelled by the pressing need to address the precarious state of our education sector.

“As your elected Governor, entrusted with the solemn responsibility of steering our state towards prosperity and progress, I cannot ignore the glaring reality that confronts us in the realm of education.

“And with education being our number one priority, and believing that education is not only a public good, but is also the greatest asset that any people can bequeath to its upcoming generation because no people can grow beyond the quality and standard of their education system, we must, therefore take radical but practical measures to reposition education provisioning in our State.”

He also bemoaned the proliferation of out-of-school children in the state, but promised that his administration has taken adequate steps to confront the menace.


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