Sokoto government to punish parents who refuse to send their wards to school
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has warned that parents in the state will now face appropriate sanctions for refusing to send their children to school.
Tambuwal spoke at the flag off of an intensive advocacy campaign to boost school enrollment for the eastern part of the state in Durbawa village of Wurno Local Government Area of the state.
“We initiated this advocacy committee, under the leadership of the Sultan with the aim of sensitising parents on the importance of sending their children to school. Any parent who refuses to heed the call will be sanctioned in accordance with the laws of the state,” the governor declared.
According to him, the state government would partner with the Nigerian Navy to construct blocks of classrooms in all the 36 districts of the state using the affordable burnt brick technique.He said that the project would be executed under the “State Consultative Committee On the Development of Education,” headed by Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.
He explained that these classrooms were important because they were eco-friendly and cost effective to build.“To encourage our traditional leaders to take active part in the promotion of education, let me announce here that each block of classroom constructed will be named after the District Head of the area it was sited,” Tambuwal stated.
While stressing that the measure would also ensure that the schools were properly maintained by the communities, the governor urged parents to complement government’s efforts by enrolling their children into schools and ensuring that they attend classes on schedule.
In his remarks, the Sultan said that the committee’s assignments included raising awareness on the importance of both Western and Islamic education, and ensuring that children were properly educated especially at the foundation level.
He assured that the committee would ensure that all eligible children benefit from the state government’s education policy. “I am reminding traditional rulers to brace up to the challenges ahead of us,” he added.
The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Jabbi Kilgori, said the new enrolment push would be conducted in the three senatorial zones of the state.
He said the programmes to enhance quality of teaching would target both traditional tsangaya schools in which 4000 out of 30,000 will benefit in the first phase, and conventional schools.
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