To turn around and give a facelift to the educational sector in Kwara state, as much as 14 billion naira has been injected to fund the sector especially the public primary schools in the state.
Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development in Kwara state, Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu stated this in Ilorin while giving a score card of her ministry and enumerating the achievements of Kwara state Governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman in the education sector.
According to her, “the administration of his Excellency in the last four years, I would say, are three major things that have changed education completely, number one will be the recruitment of our teachers”.
Pointing out that for the first time in history, kwara state had a very highly competitive recruitment system, the commissioner said “the recruitment brought in over 4,000 teachers spread across to SUBEB and TESCOM at the same time in our state”.
The commissioner who had ample time also spoke about funding for the Education sector in kwara state which she said had received immense attention of Governor AbdulRasaq AbduRahman including rehabilitation of schools, across the 193 wards.
Highlighting again how for the first time Kwara state government invested as high as 14 billion naira at once in public primary schools, Sa’adatu Kawu said “before that happened, money had been paid to UBEC to clear a backlog of debts, about 450-million-naira debts that was owed by the past administration, so this allowed us access to 7 billion.
So, it meant that we paid 7 billion counterparts and we are now able to get 7 billion naira more which made it 14 billion naira to transform over 600 primary schools in the state”.
Explaining how Kwara State Government embraced progressive pedagogy, by its introduction of Kwara LEARN ,the commissioner said “asides the projects that we have invested in ,we needed to invest in the teachers ,we needed to ensure that our children are also able to access what was going on every other place in the whole world, not just in Nigeria now, we wanted children that could compete globally with children in New York, South Africa or the United Arab Emirates and that’s why we brought in the Kwara learn Group”.
She itemized that KwaraLEARN (Leading Education Achievement and Reform Now) ,a data driven EdTech solution has now empowered over 120,000 primary school students and over 6,000 teachers on-boarded, in 873 primary schools, presently in 10 of Kwara State’s 16 LGA’s .
“So as a commissioner, in the last three years of this administration, I have touched each of the local government just to assess how the children are doing in the classrooms, what the teachers are teaching, just to be able to also measure the learning outcomes” Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu added.