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Kaduna to establish four new science secondary schools

By The Citizen
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The Kaduna State Government on Saturday said it would establish four new Science Secondary Schools in 2014 to enhance the study of science-related courses.

The State Governor, Alhaji Muktar Yero, disclosed this at the 21st Annual General Meeting of the Zaria Education Development Association in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Yero, who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Kaduna Government House, Alhaji Yahaya Aminu, said the schools would be located in different parts of the state.

He said that the Teachers' Service Board in the state had recently recruited 1,800 science teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools.

The governor said that about N1 billion was set aside from the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme fund for foreign sponsorship of eligible students to pursue educational carriers across the world.

According to him, the State Executive Council has recently approved contracts worth N3.7 billion for the construction and renovation of educational facilities in the state.

'The money will cover construction of examination halls, laboratories, construction and renovation of classrooms; painting and supply of furniture; and science laboratory equipment,'' he said.

In his message to the event, Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi, lauded the efforts of the association for embarking on educational programmes that had given the less-privileged persons the opportunity to acquire Western education.

Wada, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bedi Idris, described education as a leading light and a tool for self-actualisation.

'I must stand bold to say that your efforts is laudable, commendable and worthy of emulation by all emirates and chiefdoms across Nigeria,'' he said.

The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, said that it was a collective responsibility to ensure that children receive the best education.

He said that such education would make them responsive to the rapidly increasing challenges of the modern society.

The Emir, who was represented by Sardaunan Zazzau, Dr Muhammadu Jumare, called on both state and local governments to continue to partner with the association to promote education and peaceful co-existence among the people of the state.

Earlier, the Chairman, ZEDA Board of Trustees, Alhaji Abdullahi Nuhu-Bamalli, said the association's approach toward community empowerment, through the promotion of quality and functional education, would continue to be pursued at all levels.

'This approach will continue to be developed in an attempt to meet up with emerging challenges in respect of our objectives.

'It is in this regard that all stakeholders, including parents, youths, organisations, as well as government should fashion out new strategies that will guarantee sound, qualitative and purposeful education,'' Nuhu-Bamalli said. NAN