The un­sung Kafin-Hausa Science School Ji­gawa state

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The Science Sec­ondary School Kafin Hausa from Ji­gawa state rep­re­sented the North-west zone(states) in the NNPC Na­tional Quiz Com­pe­ti­tion Fi­nal. The school emerged over­all 3rd which was held on Tues­day, 28 June 2016 in NNPC Tow­ers Abuja after beat­ing North East, South West and South East schools to emerge the 3rd after Abuja and Akwa Ibom (1st and 2nd po­si­tions re­spec­tively).

The as­ton­ish­ing point here is those that emerged 1st and 2nd are pri­vate schools, Loy­ola Schools of FCT Abuja that came 1st, it is a pri­vate school with a very con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for teach­ing and learn­ing with school fees of not less than N1m (one mil­lion Naira per year per child, per ses­sion).

I want use this medium to ap­peal to the north­ern states gov­er­nors to in­vest more in ed­u­ca­tion in or­der to move the re­gion for­ward be­cause, when­ever Nige­ri­ans gather to dis­cuss the state of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try or the re­gion in par­tic­u­lar, we all seem to reach a con­sen­sus rather hur­riedly, that our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem has de­te­ri­o­rated for long, that is the rea­son why we want the area revisited to re­deem its lost glory. We hope new schools would be built and some di­lap­i­dated ones should be ren­o­vated. Let’s have good and stan­dard schools across the re­gion staffed and well equipped with func­tional li­braries and lab­o­ra­to­ries to WAEC stan­dard. Let class­rooms have mod­ern in­struc­tional tech­nolo­gies. Let’s get com­put­ers con­nected to the in­ter­net, pro­jec­tors, auto-video and con­fer­enc­ing equip­ment all avail­able.

Our gov­er­nors should re­mem­ber that teach­ers can­not per­form mir­a­cles with­out nec­es­sary teach­ing and learn­ing tools, so they should be pro­vided fre­quently and dis­trib­uted ev­ery­where in the re­gion (state). The wel­fare of staff is one area that must be con­sid­ered. Salaries and other en­ti­tle­ment should be paid promptly. Schol­ar­ship should be awarded with­out sen­ti­ment.

Train­ing and re-train­ing of staff are sup­posed to be in place reg­u­larly all in or­der to im­prove and keep the staff up to date. I agree with Samuel M. Lindsay, who once said “The qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion and the level of ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment of a peo­ple de­ter­mine the qual­ity of its lead­ers and peo­ple”. Some stu­dents should be sent abroad to study in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of spe­cial­iza­tions in or­der to take re­gion to a greater height At this junc­ture, I feel it is worth cel­e­brat­ing and also to ex­tol the able good lead­er­ship of the for­mer state gover­nor, Al­haji (Dr.) Sule Lamido who san­i­tized and im­proved the Ji­gawa ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor in to­tal­ity dur­ing his ten­ure.

We hope his Ex­cel­lency, Al­haji Muham­mad Badaru will main­tain or even im­prove the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor as Lamido re­struc­tured it and left it. May Al­lah bless, Nige­ria, bless Ji­gawa and bless Science Sec­ondary School KafinHausa.

Adamu Muham­mad Us­man writes from Kafin-Hausa, Ji­gawa State amu3333@ya­hoo.com

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