Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has said that the reason his administration is building new schools across the state is in order to accommodate about 1.2 million new students that are expected to be admitted through the State’s school enrollment drive.
Speaking during an inspection tour of the new Government Secondary School which is under construction in Balle, Gudu local government area of Sokoto State, Governor Tambuwal said the state will cater for its citizens already in schools as well as ensure that those out of school are admitted and given quality education.
He reiterated that the state government’s commitment to improved education will not waver, appealing to the people to support the initiative to enable it achieve its objectives.
Sokoto state government had recently announced plans to build 160 new primary and secondary schools across the state, having voted a substantial amount of the state’s 2017 budget to the education sector.
Spokesman to Governor Tambuwal, Imam Imam, in a statement made available to newsmen, said that a breakdown of the figure indicates that “100 new primary schools will come on stream in 2017, while 45 new senior and 15 new junior secondary schools would be built to cater for the expected increase in the number of students.”
Giving his view on the quality of work at the site he inspected, Tambuwal commended the contractor for sticking to specifications, and hailed supervisors from the state ministries of work and education for ensuring adherence to quality.
The governor said with what he has seen on ground, he is confident that academic activities would begin in the structures in the coming months.
Recall that the Sokoto state government had announced that it would conduct an assessment test for all the teachers in its public service.
Imam said that the exercise will ensure that teachers in the state were adequately qualified while those who did not pass the assessment will not be sacked but rather deployed to other sectors of the public service where their services would be required.