Governor Masari: Girl-child Education Remains Our Priority In Katsina

His Excellency, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has stated that the girl-child education is paramount to his government as part of efforts geared towards getting more girls enrolled in schools across the state.

The governor, who revealed this recently to WAELE Media, said to show the seriousness the government attaches to girl-child education, a department headed by a special adviser on education to the office of the governor reports directly to him to encourage girls’ enrollment in schools.

According to him, the government is getting the needed support from the World Bank which provides the necessary fund to empower the women to take care of their families’ thus discouraging child hawking during and after school hours in the state.

The governor said, “We have a department for the girl-child education which is headed by a special adviser and as part of our programme to empower the women and to allow the girl-child to stay in school, we introduced 60 percent stake for women and 40 percent for men. Our target is women and we believe that if you want to change in schools, the mothers should have something doing and that will allow the girl-child to learn. Also, the World Bank has come up with a programme that we are supporting which identifies women in the rural areas who have children (girls) in school by giving them N20,000 to do business and we believe that will allow the girl to be in school.”

Masari also added that facilities in 12 girls’ boarding secondary schools in the state have been upgraded to international standard to meet up with modern day learning process and the constant training and retraining of the teachers who he said have as minimum teaching qualification, the National Certificate of Education (NCE).

“We have about 12 girls’ boarding secondary schools and we have upgraded more than eight of them. Currently, we are working on two so that we can give the girls more opportunity in terms of acquiring western education. We have also trained up to 1,000 women to NCE level and we are being supported by DFID because we realized that these women must be trained and be taken back to their localities so that they can be able to teach and impart their knowledge and skills on the children. Our target is to increase the enrolment of the girl-child,” Gov. Masari said.

 

By Taofeek Lawal

2 Comments

  • Princess Bushula August 31, 2018 12:38 pm

    Long live Governor Masari and Dr Basirati may God prosper you with in all areas of your life for the for carrying forward His mandate to His people. Bravo.

  • rabi August 31, 2018 2:23 pm

    Laudable effort indeed! I wish all northern governors will do same or more towards educating d girl child. This will lead to great improvement in all spheres of lives in Northern Nigeria!!

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