Christiana Gokyo, Jos
About 1.3 million children are out of school in Bauchi state because of parents and guardians’ failure to prioritise the education of their children, which is responsible for the staggering figure.
Professor Kabir Tahir Hamid, who is Professor with the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Bayero University Kano, disclosed this in Bauchi, during a ceremony held in his honour over his promotion to the rank of a professor.
He described education as “ingredient for success in life” and urged parents to ensure that they give total attention to the education of their children.
While calling on stakeholders in the education sector to brainstorm and come up with measures that would boost the educational sector in the state, Prof Hamid stressed that the laxity on their (parents) part would make the situation of out-of-school children to continue to increase for the worse.
According to him, “These days, if you are not educated, you will practically continue to struggle with everything in life – from ‘white collar’ jobs to entrepreneurship – and to every other venture in life, you need education to succeed.
Professor Hamid observed that “The number of children out of school in the state is so alarming that if we don’t rise up to the occasion, the state would continue to be backward. The secret of my achievements in life are commitment, determination, hard work, respect for elders and good relationship.”
He urged the youths to understand that life is all about quest for one to develop his or her own goals as well as strategies to ensure its achievement.
Conversely, he urged the state government to provide the necessary facilities to enable students learn in a conducive environment, adding that the government has a role to play at ensuring that children are enrolled in school.