The Kaduna State Government has awarded contracts to provide adequate chairs in public schools, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Andrew Nok, has confirmed.
He said the effort was targeted towards enhancing teaching and learning in public schools.
A document obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Tuesday, revealed that the state government had awarded contracts for the supply of 186,182 chairs under the education emergency intervention programme.
According to the document, 167,982 chairs are meant for primary schools and 18,200 for secondary schools.
It added that another contract had been awarded for the supply of additional 70,000 units of chairs, bringing the total number of chairs expected to 256,182 units.
Nok, while taking delivery of 700 chairs at Government Day Secondary School, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, said that 90,000 chairs had so far been supplied.
He reiterated the state government’s commitment toward providing the needed infrastructure in all public schools in the state.
He said that a reasonable number of schools had been supplied with chairs, adding that distribution was ongoing until all public schools were covered.
“When the current administration took over the governance of the state, our schools were dilapidated; students were sitting on bare floors and windows while laboratories were without equipment.
“To address the problem, the government embarked on total renovation, reconstruction and equipping of our public schools with the needed facilities.
“Seventy per cent of students of Government Day, Sabon Tasha, for example, sit on bare floor. We carried out an assessment and concluded that the school needed 700 chairs and today, we have provided the chairs as promised.
“What we don’t want to see is our children sitting on bare floor and windows to receive lessons.
“Our desire is to provide quality education delivery system in our public schools,” Nok said.