School Enrollment Rises in Bauchi, Records 85% Increase
AREWA AGENDA – The rate of pupils enrollment in both primary and junior secondary school has witnessed an 85% increase in Bauchi, according to the state government.
This was disclosed by the spokesperson of Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (BASUBEB), Muhammad Abdullahi.
Accordingl to Mr. Abdullahi, the feat was achieved following measures taken by the state government to boost education especially the girl-child education.
He listed the measures to include the execution of N5 billion worth of projects in 2017 and 201 , during which nursery, primary and secondary schools were either constructed or renovated and provided with furniture.
According to him, the projects were executed in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the state basic education board.
Abdullahi said the state government had recently released N1.5 billion to the UBEC as its counterparts fund for the year 2019 to enable the state benefit from more projects.
Recall that before his swearing in as governor, Senator Bala Muhammad, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has in April 2019 lamented the drop in the educational sector in the state, adding that everything had deteriorated.
“We have about 1.3 million children that are out of school,” he said.
Early in the year, the State government through the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (BASUBEB), declared that it will open 1160 learning centers in nine local government areas for 58,000 Tsangaya pupils and female children to address the out-of-school education challenge in the state.
Chairman of the Board, Dr. Abubakar Surumbai Dahiru made the announcement when he declared open a training of 300 hundred teachers who are holders of the National Certificate of Education (NCE) at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi under the programme of Better Education Service delivery for All (BESDA)