KANO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION ALHAJI MUHAMMAD SUNUSI KIRU
By Khadija Aliyu
Education has been defined as the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, morals, beliefs and personal development.
Some scholars posit that education is a discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning in schools or enviroment.
Research indicates that,educational methods include teaching,training,storytelling,discussion and direct research Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators,however learners can also educate themselves.
A survey conducted by the united nations children’s fund (UNICEF),explained that even though primary education is free and compulsory in Nigeria, about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school.
However the education deprivation in Nigeria is driven by various factors including economic barriers, socio Cultural norms and practices that discourage attendance in formal education especially for girls.
According to Nigeria’s latest national policy of education, education is divided into basic also known as elementary, junior secondary and post basic education or senior secondary.
Meanwhile, the united nations pointed out that 8.73 million elementary school aged children in 2010 did not participate in education at all.The lack of adequate education for it’s children weakens the Nigerian system at it’s foundation.
Government at all levels have shown dedication and commitment to the transformation of the country’s educational system.
The federal,state,school and community level interventions have proven to be effective in strengthening good governance firework framework that would enable basic education reform through policy planning,monitoring and evaluation.
In Kano,the state government has intensified efforts aimed at curtailing the menace of out of school children most especially among the girl child.
Alhaji Muhammad Sunusi Kiru is the state commissioner for education.He spoke extensively to Radio Nigeria how the state ministry of education had set up a girl child education unit as well as the establishment of more schools to cater for the girl child in terms of education.
He said the state government was committed to the provision of free and compulsory education by dedicating a large percentage of it’s 2022 budget to the educational sector which would go a long way in paving way for more learning materials and infrastructures,payment of examination fees among others.
“Government has paid 100% examination fees for girls and has established additional girls boarding schools with adequate infrastructures to cater for their health and well being”
Radio Nigeria recalls that earlier the Kano state government had also established an education trust fund and education promotion committee to further strengthen the educational system.