Katsina state Government said it has spent about 1.6 Billion Naira in the education sector since inception. The state commissioner for education Prof. Halimatu Sadiya Idris disclosed this during an NUJ meeting media chat organized by the states council of the NUJ held at its permanent secretariat in Katsina.
The Professor explained that the fund covers the construction, rehabilitation and expansion of primary and secondary schools across the state. The commissioner stated that 5000 unit of school furniture and 200 black boards were also procured in the period under review at the cost of 91 million naira. She added that examination fees for WAEC, NECO and NABTED amongst others were also paid at the cost of almost 500 million naira. Also the running cost for schools and agencies cost the state government over 83 million naira.
However, the education commissioner disclosed that the present administration is planning to train 3000 teachers to improve the quality of teaching in the state. She further stated that the ministry has collaborated with UNICEF to support in Girls Education Project phase III. According to the commissioner, additional 2000 teachers will be recruited. Also 5 additional quality assurance zonal offices has been created to facilitate supervision.