by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Commissioner for Kaduna state ministry of education, Alhaji Shehu Usman, has identified insecurity as one of the problems of all the public schools in the state.
“The issue of insecurity in the public schools is a very critical problem that needs quick intervention to avoid property vandalization,” he said.
The commissioner made this known in an interview with newsmen shortly after the budget defence of the ministry before the Kaduna state House of Assembly, while analyzing that about 70 schools have been affected by the rain.
On their budget performance in the year 2020, he asserted that, “It was too bad,” as they have achieved a lot. Despite the Covid-19 challenges, he said, they were able to keep students busy at home through the e-learning at all levels. He assured that with the little time left in the year 2020, they will cover the gaps.
“There is also the issue of insecurity due to absence of students; but we are trying to recover from that, and with the proposed 2021 budget, we will be able to overcome all the challenges. I want to assure you that as soon as the revenue of the state improves, provision will improve,” he explained.
In another contributory note, permanent secretary of Teachers Services Board, Hajia Halimatu Sadiya Abdul, said they are always ready to enhance the performance of the teachers in the state through assessment and promotion.
According to her, the only challenge faced by the institution is funding, because they are to recruit about 7,200 secondary school teachers, and fund is needed to do so. However, with their proposed N19 million (if approved), they will achieve the desired goal.
Chairman of Kaduna State Scholarships Board, Hassan Ridwan, also added that, his agency has proposed a budget of about 3.8 billion naira for 2021; his only hope being for the appropriation committee and commissioner for education to look into it appropriately and approve same.
He added that, “Covid-19 created a situation that led to lockdown; but we did not allow that to affect our educational sector; even during the pandemic, online classes were being carried out even with the higher institution.”
On his part, the chairman house committee on education, Hon. Suleiman Ibrahim Dabo, said their exercise was done very well, as no ambiguity was highlighted in all that was presented.
“As it is, the top priority of this government is keyed into three areas, which are education, health, infrastructure and security, where education is the bedrock of all because it comes first.
The education commissioner was, nevertheless, optimistic of progress, noting that, “However, it is natural to have challenges; and I assure you, it will be dealt with.”