From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna
The Kaduna State Government yesterday began the distribution of over 230,000 free uniforms to students of public junior and Senior Secondary Schools in the state.
The Commissioner of Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, who flagged-off the distribution at Government Secondary School, Kachia Urban, said that all public school students would be provided with free uniforms.
Makarfi explained that the gesture was part of government’s efforts to to support parents in providing quality education to children in the state.
He said that government was not only providing free uniforms, but equally providing text books, quality teachers, school furniture and improving school environment to improve learning outcomes.
According to him, investing to educate children is investing for a better future of the state.
“The government will continue to do its best in improving learning environment in then over 500 secondary schools in the state.
“We are equally aware of the shortage of quality teachers in our public schools.
“I want to assure you that very soon the Teachers Service Board will conclude the recruitment of 7,600 teachers for secondary schools.
“I, therefore, you all to encourage your younger ones to come to school and learn to have a better future and help in making the world a better place.”
The commissioner encouraged the female students to study hard, adding that the government was providing for scholarship to particularly female students to study medicine and other medical courses in foreign universities.
He commended the teachers of the school for their commitment and dedication to duty.
He added that that some welfare packages and incentives were being prepared for hardworking teachers that are making a difference in the lives of their students.
Earlier, Deputy Director, Public Schools, Malam Idris Aliyu, said that the distribution would be done in two phases between now and December.
Aliyu explained that more than 110,000 uniforms would be distributed in the first phase, while over 120,000 would be distributed in the second phase.
Hafsat Shuaibu, who spoke on behalf of the students, thanked the commissioner and the state government for the gesture, describing it as ‘a great encouragement’ to students and their parents.
Shuiabu assured the state government that the would study hard to encourage the government to more in providing the needed facilities for quality education in public schools.
After the flagged-off, the commissioner visited some public schools in the area to assess their crucial needs for immediate intervention.