May 20, 2024
Governor of Borno Zulum

The Borno State government has expressed concern over the overcrowding in public schools’ classrooms, particularly in four local government areas (LGAs) in the state, thereby affecting the quality of education in the state.

Prof. Bulama Kagu, Chairman of the Borno State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), spoke during a meeting with a delegation from Save the Children, led by Mr Duncan Harvey, the Country Director, at the weekend.

Kagu pointed out that the influx of surrendered ex-fighters, their families, and returning residents has strained the educational infrastructure in LGAs such as Kala-Balge, Nganzai, Mobbar and Ngala.

He stressed the urgent need for support to address the challenges of overcrowded classrooms and out-of-school children, suggesting the construction of temporary learning centres to alleviate the pressure on existing facilities.

He said some classrooms accommodate as many as 150 pupils instead of the recommended 40, which is significantly impacting the quality of education.

Kagu noted that as the state government plans to close displaced camps and return residents to their communities, the demand for classrooms and teachers in remote areas will escalate.

The Save the Children delegation, represented by Mr. Duncan Harvey, reaffirmed their commitment to providing quality education to conflict-affected children in the region.

He said their visit was to understand the challenges firsthand and work collaboratively with the state government to enhance educational opportunities for children in the state.

 

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