From Folorunsho Alu, Kano
The Kano State Government has expressed concern over poor state of infrastructure facilities in the state public schools, stressing that an estimated number of 223 students are sharing only one toilet in their respective schools across the state.
The State Deputy Governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, who confirmed this, at a workshop organised by the Kano Sate ministry for local government and community development on girl child education, described as unacceptable the ratio of 223 students per one public school toilet in the state, adding that it poses lot of risks of infectious diseases.
Prof Abubakar said the survey which gulped about N45m, also showed huge disparity between male and female teachers of about 70 to 30 percent male and female and 95% of the female are teaching in urban areas while the remaining 5% teach in over 34 LGAs situated in rural areas.
The Deputy Governor further said only female teachers with NCE would be considered in the forthcoming recruitment exercise and therefore instructed the State Commissioner for Local Government, Alh Murtala Sule Goro to focus his attention on those from the rural areas who would be willing to teach within their localities to address the challenges of girl child education in the state.
Responding, the Commissioner for LG revealed that 20 applicants will be considered for screening from each LGA with special interest in rural areas, adding that the periodic workshop, with 5,959 overall targeted participants was organised to improve the enrollment and retention of girl child education in the State.