By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
Bauchi State government has directed all Private and Integrated Qur’anic Schools across the state to cooperate with enumerators and submit their comprehensive data for the success of the ongoing Annual School Census.
The State Commissioner of Education Dr Jamila Dahiru gave the directive at a Press briefing on the modalities put in place for this year’s annual school census which commenced this week.
Dr Jamila Dahiru who said private and Integrated Qur’anic Schools did not fully participate in the exercise in previous years, a situation that deprived government of necessary information for proper planning, warned that severe punishment would be taken against defaulters.
“All Private schools and integrated Qur’anic schools including public schools in the state are therefore directed to provide their records to the ministry through their education secretaries and failure to comply with this directive would be metted with severe punishment. We are sending in attached documents for their necessary inputs,” Dr Jamila warns.
She charged all both public, private and Integrated Qur’anic schools to cooperate with the enumerators and submit their records to the ministry through their various local government Education Secretaries on or before friday 27 January, 2023.
According to the Commissioner, a circular has already been issued to all education agencies, associations and institutions to ensure full compliance and mobilisation of personnel for the exercise.
“You may be aware that there are indices going round about, enrollments, about school drop outs in Bauchi state, for this year we’re ready to conduct a robust engagement and this is because we believe that we’re being under reported in this matter. Some of the schools are not properly captured, some have been left out. So for this exercise we’re calling on all stakeholders and then we put hands together to see that we capture the right indices in Bauchi state,” She appeals.
Dr Jamila Dahiru further disclosed that the exercise is aimed at bridging the deficit in teacher/student ratio and to ensure proper planning of educational needs especially the provision of teaching and learning materials.