The Jigawa State government has procured laboratory and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment worth 150 million naira for the eight designated Centers of Excellence schools and Senior Secondary Schools across the State with the aim of improving the quality of education at senior secondary schools in the state.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Education Hajiya Rabi Hussaini Adamu during the distribution of science laboratory equipment and other instructional materials to senior secondary schools in the state at Dutse Model International School.
Hajiya Rabi said the state government had also purchased another sets of science equipment worth N100 million naira for the eight centers and spent about N80 million naira for the renovation of the centers with a view to providing conducive environment for teaching and learning.
The commissioner also stated that, the present administration had also purchased books and instructional materials worth N98 million naira which will be distributed to senior secondary schools in order to boost teaching and learning at the schools.
She further explained that all these efforts are part of the present administration’s education change agenda strategy introduced to reform the sector. She therefore urged all stakeholders to support the state government to actualizing its mission and called on the schools to make good use of the materials given to them so as to achieving the desired goals.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Dr. Yakubu Abbas commended the efforts of the state government towards supporting the education sector and urged Directors of the Centers and other Principals to ensure proper utilization of the materials given, adding that the Ministry will embark on monitoring and supervision of the centers and senior secondary schools in the state to ensure that teaching and learning in schools are improved.
In their remarks the representative of the schools’ Directors, state Chairman Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and Chairman State chapter of ANCOPS commended the state government for the kind gesture and promised to ensure proper utilization of the items given to the schools for the benefit of younger generations.
At the end of the distribution of the materials, the Commissioner who was accompanied by her Permanent Secretary, Heads of Agencies under the ministry and the schools’ directors also commissioned the ICT center of Dutse Model International School.