Katsina State: ed­u­ca­tion

The Africa Report - - FRONTLINE -

For a state that has pro­duced two pres­i­dents – in­cum­bent Muham­madu Buhari and the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua – Katsina is in the po­lit­i­cal spot­light, of­ten for the wrong rea­sons. Former gov­er­nor Ibrahim Shema is fight­ing charges of mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing public funds and there is con­cern about poor ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards. As in Kaduna, the state au­thor­i­ties have found that thou­sands of teach­ers lack the req­ui­site train­ing. Katsina gov­ern­ment has now launched a ma­jor re­cruit­ment drive. It re­cently al­lo­cated a mea­gre N400m ($1.1m) for vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­grammes in all 34 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas. The state has weak in­fra­struc­ture and an un­der-five mor­tal­ity rate of 102 chil­dren per 1,000 births. It wants to en­cour­age wind and so­lar projects to im­prove ac­cess to elec­tric­ity.


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