Sokoto tar­gets 1.4m new in­takes in schools

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Rakiya A. Muham­mad, Sokoto

A to­tal of 1.4 mil­lion new in­takes have been tar­geted for school en­rol­ment in the next one year in Sokoto.

Gov­er­nor Aminu Tam­buwal dis­closed this at the flag-off of the en­roll­ment drive and of­fi­cial launch of the state cash trans­fer scheme, the Nige­rian Part­ner­ship for Ed­u­ca­tion Project and the Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment cen­tres (ECD) at Riji vil­lage in Rabah lo­cal gov­ern­ment area.

He stated, “The en­rol­ment drive is a high level ad­vo­cacy mech­a­nism which en­sures that all stake­hold­ers par­take in en­sur­ing ef­fec­tive aware­ness and mo­bi­liza­tion of par­ents, guardians, com­mu­ni­ties, re­li­gious and tra­di­tional lead­ers as well as the school based man­age­ment com­mit­tees on the im­por­tance of en­rolling all schoolage chil­dren into schools.”

Tam­buwal said gov­ern­ment would reg­u­larly track and mon­i­tor at­ten­dance of en­rolled chil­dren in their re­spec­tive schools as part of their over­sight re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

In a re­mark , UNICEF’s act­ing chief of field of­fice for Sokoto, Zam­fara and Kebbi, Mr. Paul Mud­zondo, said apart from cam­paign for en­rol­ment, gov­ern­ment had pro­vided stipends to poor fam­i­lies to sup­port en­rol­ment and main­te­nance of chil­dren, es­pe­cially girls, in schools.

Com­mis­sioner for Ba­sic and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sokoto state, Dr. Jabbi Kil­gore, noted the planning and im­ple­men­ta­tion process for the en­rol­ment drive to in­clude work­ing with state leg­is­la­tors and re­li­gious lead­ers as well as part­ner­ing with the me­dia and col­lab­o­rat­ing with the na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Com­mis­sion for data of new births in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties.

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