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Kwankwaso defends free education policy

Kwankwaso said this while presenting the 2014 appropriation bill to the state house of assembly on Tuesday night.“Mr Speaker, in our collective resolve to drive…

Kwankwaso said this while presenting the 2014 appropriation bill to the state house of assembly on Tuesday night.
“Mr Speaker, in our collective resolve to drive knowledge-based economy, govern-ment has already concluded arrangement for free education for all at all levels,” he said.
This is in addition to sponsoring Kano indigenes to pursue their various degree programmes locally and internationally. The free education policy for indigenes of the state at all level starts in the next academic session.
The governor explained that to maintain the provision of qualitative education, his administration has employed 11,020 teachers for primary and secondary schools across the state, while 656 schools were constructed, largely to address the problem of transition from primary to junior secondary schools and from junior to senior.
“We have also sponsored 1,664 Kano indigenes to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies in private universities in Nigeria and abroad at the cost of N4.5bn. Some of our postgraduate students have already secured employment abroad in some reputable organizations, 502 other students would soon leave for various universities abroad,” Kwankwaso said.
 The governor added that the various efforts of the state government in revamping the education sector has raised pupils’ school enrolment to about 2.5 million in the state.
“It is in order to sustain the momentum that government proposed N20.485 billion as capital allocation for the education sector in 2014,” the governor said.

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