Kaduna State benefits from $100m World Bank Education grant

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Kaduna State government has benefted from the $100m World Bank education grant meant to rehabilitate and renovate schools, train teachers and motivate girl child education.

The state government has received a $21 million from the World Bank education grant in order to revive the educational sector of the state.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that his administration inherited 4,269 primary schools in the state which were in total disrepair, stressing that they needed urgent attention to restore the system.

The governor stated that the education in the state was in total crises and needed urgent surgical operation for the state to compete favourably with other states in the country.

Speaking in Kaduna Tuesday during the launching of Global Partnership for Education (GPE) at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, governor El-Rufai pledged to judiciously utilise the education grant on the rehabilitation and renovation of educational institutions in the state, training and retraining of teachers, as well as motivation of girl child education in the state.

He explained that about 40 percent of teachers in the state were not qualified, adding that the state would offered them opportunity to obtain minimum qualification of National Certificate of Education.

He assured that no teacher in the state would be sacked on the basis of inadequate qualification, but would be retrained for greater efficiency.

“Inaugurating the Global Partnership for Education who seeks to support education in Kaduna state for the next four years with $21 million. It is money that our school badly need, 4,269 primary schools in Kaduna state in various state of disrepair.

“The transition rate from primary school to secondary school is slightly above 20 percent. Kaduna ranks 10 in education attainment. Education in Kaduna state is in crisis. The goal to expand access to quality basic education in our state, we need to build human capital to get all our children in school.

“The consequence of collapsed education in the North has been tragic, it has ruined lives, led to crime, insurgency. We want to get all our children in school, stop premature withdrawal of gilrs from school,” El-Rufai said.

Representative of World Bank, Dr. Olatunde Adekola said Kaduna State was the fourth state where the programme had been launched after Sokoto, Katsina, Kano states.

“The objective of this project is to improve education delivery. Kaduna will benefit $21 million out of the $100 million available for education. The project launch would strengthen interaction and provide framework. USAID is the coordinating agency, while World Bank is the implementation agency,” he explained.

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