The Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) said, on Monday, that it spent N3billion toward improving the standard of primary education in the state in the last two years.
Executive Chairman of the board, Alhaji Lawal Buhari, made this known in an interview, in Daura.
Buhari said 104 schools were rehabilitated aside from 428 classrooms, 147 offices and 147 school stores, while 87 blocks of classrooms, 182 classrooms, 120 offices, 120 school stores, 51 toilets and another 51 cubicle toilets were constructed.
He said the projects were aimed at improve further the existing atmosphere for teaching and learning in primary schools.
The chairman said all the projects were executed across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state in the board’s resolve to turn around the sector.
He said the board had also provided 15,162 metal furniture tables were provided along with 893 metal chairs, adding that 1,176 and 2,352 plastic chairs were provided while 1,500 additional primary school teachers would be recruited soon.
Buhari noted that 10,000 additional teachers are needed in primary schools as pupils enrolment has increased by about 89 per cent.
According to him, the board is giving free education to the girl-child in the state.
He said the current government had earmarked a “reasonable” percentage of the 2017 budget to the education sector.
The chairman stressed that the main cardinal objectives of the state government were prudence and accountability in public expenditure.
He called on parents and guardians to enroll their children and wards in school, while urging teachers to redouble their efforts so as to reciprocate government’s gesture in the area of their welfare.
He said thousands of teachers had been promoted while many teachers had been granted study leave to pursue higher education.