Kano community with over 100 secondary students, 3 teachers, laments access to education
Some parents and residents of Sitti ward in Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State have decried the lack of adequate teachers at Government Girls Secondary School in the community.
The parents lamented the situation during a Mobile Cinema Session, organized by a non-governmental organization, Participatory Communication for Gender Development (PAGED) Initiative at the Sitti Government Secondary School in Sumaila LGA, Kano during the week.
The Community Head of Sitti, Ado Auwal Sale Madaki said girl child education is very important and paramount but the issue of inadequate teachers, classes, and teaching materials hinders them from accessing quality education.
According to Basheer Sayyadi Kabir, the leader of Sitti Development Association and a volunteer teacher at Government Girls Secondary School in the area, the lack of adequate teachers and classrooms have been a major issue affecting education in the area.
“Our major problem in Sitti, is lack of adequate teachers and classes. We only have 3 permanent teachers in the whole school and the three teachers are the Principal, Vice Principal, and Malam and Senior Master.”
“So when we realized that the school is in critical condition as a result of inadequate teachers and classes and the three teachers aren’t enough to teach the over one hundred students that we have, about 12 of us from Sitti Volunteer Association, decided to volunteer and teach the Sitti students different subjects for free.”
He, therefore, urged the Kano State Government to employ more teachers in Sumaila Government Girls Secondary Schools to enhance access to quality education.
Similarly, Assistant chairman, Sitti Teachers Volunteers Association, Sani Garba Yelwa said that he has been volunteering at Sitti Government Girls Secondary School for more than nine years.
“I have been doing this for over nine years now. I held the position of Principal, vice principal, senior officer, exam officer in this school and I have never been paid for once. I am currently the security officer of this school because I am the one that opens and closes the classrooms every day.”
“I hope the government will hear us, support and employ us as permanent staff as well.”
Another resident of Sitti Community, Shuaibu Sale said the nonexistence of a science laboratory in the Sitti Government Girls Secondary Schools constitutes another challenge to the community.
“Inadequate teachers is not the only problem of the Sitti Government Girls Secondary School, there is no single laboratory for the science students to conduct practical. This issue is one of the reasons why we do not produce female doctors that will assist our wives during birth and labor”
A female Coordinator of AGILE Program in Sumaila LGA, Hafsat Ado Hamza said parents in the area do not encourage girl child education and therefore urged the government and NGOs to organize enlightenment programs to sensitize the parents as an effort to encourage girl child education in Sumaila.
On her part, PAGED Initiative Program Director, Ummi Bukar said girl child education should be given priority as it is part of their fundamental human rights.
Bukar said that PAGED Initiative organized the community mobile cinema session as part of efforts to support and promote girls’ child education with the aim of breaking barriers to girls’ education and building the capacity of young women in society.
SOLACEBASE reports that PAGED Initiative presented a short documentary on girl child education to the community to boost their morals and promote girl child education in Kano.