Kano govt to create own education trust fund

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The Kano State Government has disclosed plans to establish an Education Trust Fund to help the residents and indigenes of the state receive sound education.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the development followed the government’s unveiling of its free and compulsory basic and senior secondary education policy, which also prioritised inclusive and Almajiri education.

The governor stated this in a statement by the Director- General, Media and Public Relations to his office, Ameen Yasar in Kano on Tuesday.

Mr Yasar quoted Dr Ganduje as having made the disclosure during an extraordinary State Executive Council (SEC) meeting at the Government House, Kano to deliberate on the draft Kano Education Trust Fund bill.

The governor said that his administration aimed to generate funds to build a solid foundation for a more literate and competitive society.

“You could recall that we recently launched free and compulsory education in Kano.

“Under this policy, several plans would be implemented, including provision of infrastructure, integrating Islamic and Qur’anic education, girl–child education, teacher training, and community participation.

“All these require funds so we have to ensure ways of making the policy sustainable,” Ganduje said during the meeting.

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EduCeleb.com earlier reported that the state government was earmarking 25.23 percent of its 2020 budget to education.

The governor justified this considering that education was critical to the development of the state.

Ganduje who holds a doctorate in education at the University of Ibadan also said that a bill for the establishment and management of the State Modern Skills Acquisition Centre had been forwarded to the state House of Assembly for deliberation and passage for his assent.

He said the bill, if passed and assented to would ensure efficient management of the centre.

“My recent visit to London was to discuss with the manufactures of the equipment we installed and on how to run the centre.

“We have agreed to engage an expert from their side to administer it for some time, to set its management tone so that we don’t end up rubbishing the investment.

“They are going to train 35 of our carefully selected tutors from Kano, in addition to about six more that will be selected soon.”

According to him, the selected tutors will be trained for about six weeks on how to hand the equipment installed so that when they assume work, things will go on smoothly.

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