Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the construction of class room blocks across the 44 Local Government Area of the state which is to be financed with the N2.2 billion Kano state government/Universal Basic Education (UBE) matching grant for 2017 fiscal year.
Ganduje, who performed the foundation laying at Darmanawa Special Primary School in Tarauni local government area, said: “Under the scheme, 61 two-storey blocks consisting six classrooms per block, including offices, would be constructed and furnished. The project will accommodate an estimated 21, 960 pupils, as each classroom will contain 60 pupils.
“Each block will have six classrooms. Each classroom will accommodate 60 pupils, so more opportunity will be provided for our teeming children to attend public schools enjoy our free education policy.”
According to him, 20 out of the 60 new blocks to be constructed would be sited in Kano metropolis, while the remaining 41 would be spread across the rural areas of the state, in view of disparity in pupils’ density.
“Presently, we have over three million children in public primary school, which is more than the population of some states. Classes, furniture and educational materials are not enough so it is our responsibility to do our best to address this challenge,” he stated.
While revealing that arrangement was in top gear to access N2.4 billion UBE counterpart fund for the 2017 fiscal year, within the next two weeks, the governor assured that his administration would not relent in expanding access to education for all children in the state.
He appealed to communities, wealthy individuals and corporate bodies to support the government’s stride in the education sector, by providing infrastructure and teaching/learning materials in public schools.