Katsina gov’t rollout plans for girls to complete secondary school before marriage
Katsina gov’t plans to stop girls from dropping off secondary school for marriage
Governor Aminu Bello Masari has assured that the state government would continue to partner with relevant stakeholders, especially ulamas for girl-child to stop dropping out of school after junior secondary education for marriage, Hassan Muhammad Tukur, Government House, Press Centre, Katsina reported.
Alhaji Aminu Masari was speaking when he received officials of the World Bank team visit to Katsina state for the implementation support mission of the Nigeria Partnership for Education project -NIPEP led by by the senior education specialist World Bank task team leader, Dr olatunde Adekola at government house, Katsina.
The Governor agreed with the visitation team that the problem with girl-child dropping out for marriage after junior secondary education was much more prevalent in the north west zone among Hausa -Fulani enclave.
He therefore assured that not only the ulamas but traditional rulers would be co-opted to carry out advocacy, stressing that the problem has nothing to do with religion but culture and traditional affinity.
He said Indonesia being an Islamic nation now had no record of girl-child dropping out of school for decades, adding that the north must be able to catch up or be lagging behind for a long time.
Alhaji Aminu Masari who commended International Development Partners for their supportive roles in moving education forward in katsina state, assured that the present APC administration would continue to make education the number one, two and three priority in the execution of socio-economic development programmes in the state.
Governor Aminu Masari who described illiteracy as the root cause of poverty appealed to all sundry to cooperate with government in its effort to restore the lost glory of education for the emergence of an egalitarian society.
Earlier in a remark, the Acting permanent secretary in the state ministry of education, Hajiya Halima Lawal told the Governor that the visitation team,although during holidays had already visited a number of of primary schools in the state.
Schools visited, she said include Bebeji in Charanchi, Girls primary school constucted by Chinese community at GRA Katsina, Gana-Jigawa and Mashi Model primary schools in Mashi.
Hajiya Halima Lawal said the team had interacted with mother’s of girls who benefitted from the twenty thousand naira scholarship by the World Bank, the teachers and pupils.
While in Mashi, she said the team saw teachers participating in a workshop organised by RANA with support from the World Bank.
Also speaking, the task team leader, Dr Olatunde Adekola inform the Governor that they were pleased with what they saw during the visit to the schools.
Dr Adekola was particularly happy with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools, adding that the performance of katsina was exemplary.
He said so far 80 percent of the grant had been released to katsina state and told Governor Masari that in most of the schools visited, the Girls had outnumbered the boys.
Others who spoke during the visit to government house include the Co task team leader and an education specialist Aisha Garba, the national coordinator of NIPEP, Mr Achede Joseph, the representative of the federal ministry of finance, Alhaji Lawal Ismail, and the coordinators of NIPEP in Jigawa, Kano and sokoto states.
Hassan Muhammad Tukur, Government House, Press Centre, Katsina reported.