Kaduna to spend N1.6bn on school uniforms
The Kaduna State Government said on Monday that it would spend N1.6 billion on the provision of school uniforms to pupils and students in 2021.
The Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi made this known in Kaduna, while briefing newsmen on the increase of tuition fee in state-owned tertiary institutions.
Mr Makarfi disclosed that more than N800 million was spent on school uniforms for pupils and students in some selected classes in 2020, adding that the amount would be increased to N1.6 billion in 2021 to cover all classes.
He equally said that about N800 million was spent on feeding students in the 31 boarding schools in the state.
The commissioner added that a total of N1.7 billion would be spent in 2021 following the resumption of full academic activities in schools after months of lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Mr Makarfi said that in the past, parents were paying N7,500 for feeding their children in boarding schools before it was completely abolished in 2019.
He explained that most of the achievements were recorded under the Education Emergency Project introduced by Gov. Nasir El-Rufai administration in 2015.
“We provided textbooks, learning materials, increased primary school enrollment and budgeted N500 million annually to provide classroom furniture from 2015 to date.
“We have also constructed more classrooms, build more schools and currently have 541 secondary schools and over 4,600 primary schools across the state.
“In tertiary education, we have funded our institutions to get accreditations for all their programmes, and the permanent site of the Kaduna State University is being developed at Rigachukun,” he said.
The commissioner said that the state government was currently recruiting 7,600 qualified teachers for its secondary schools to bridge the manpower gap.
He added that similar exercises were conducted in Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, and College of Education, Gidan Waya.
On the fee increase, the commissioner said that the decision was to reposition the schools to deliver quality skills and training to solve 21st-century challenges.
He identified the institutions as Kaduna State University, KASU, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences, Makarfi, and Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery.