Gov Masari employs over 8,000 teachers in Katsina State
Katsina State has employed a total of 3,753 teachers to boost the quality of basic education, in addition to 5000 S-Power teachers that were also recruited in the sector.
Governor of the state, Aminu Bello Masari, who made the disclosure at the official flagging-off of Better Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA, at Government House Katsina, also commended the performance of the state in public examinations.
He said, “The efforts made in this sector have improved the basic and secondary school education. The performance of Katsina State students in secondary school examinations from 2015 to 2020 has significantly improved from only 19% to 72.2% in 2020. The state has also settled examination fees of over 397,684 students in the SSCE examination.”
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Education, Badamasi Lawal Charanchi, noted that three result areas had been identified to ensure equitable access for the out-of-school children; improve literacy rates in the state as well as systematic strengthening and accountability in the basic education sector.
He said, “The Flag-off of BESDA should have come earlier before the commencement of the programme, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we are witnessing it today, when implementation has gone far.”
He added that many awareness campaigns and advocate have been conducted to make it known to citizens of the state.
The commissioner noted that the design of the programme, which is Pay for Result (PR) has made its operation unique, and should motivate the state to strive more in achieving the desired objectives and to withstand the challenges.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemaka Nwajuba, who was Special Guest of Honour at the occasion , disclosed that in sub-Saharan region of Africa, Nigeria ranks highest in the number of out-of-school children while Katsina State ranked 2nd in the country.