The Nasarawa State government in its efforts to make public schools functional, said it is spending N3 million as monthly up-keep.
Ahmed Tijjani Aliyu, the state Commissioner of Education, disclosed this to newsmen at the weekend, in Lafia.
Tijjani, said the government in its determination towards making public schools affordable for the common man, decided to make N3million available for public schools monthly.
He said the total school enrollment in the state is over 217,000 students, which is why government recently engaged 2,142 teachers to enhance teaching in public schools.
The commissioner further disclosed that the present administration under Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, promoted over 5000 teachers in the last seven years.
According to him the 5000 promoted teachers were given notional promotion, meaning promotion without benefits, assuring that the benefits will follow in due course.
“Our arrangement was that there will be promotion without immediate benefits now and it was agreed”.
He also disclosed that the present administration has built over 700 classrooms and renovated public schools destroyed by rainstorm some years back.
“Governor Al-Makura met public schools in total jeopardy and our dream is to make our schools compete with other States of the Federation in terms of conducive learning environment”.
“You are aware of the construction of storey buildings across the thirteen local governments and also the total expansion and renovation of public schools, this is part of our concerted effort to reshape our schools.
“I would also like to inform you that many schools especially those that were destroyed by rainstorm were renovated and this feat would continue till our handing over,” he said.
The commissioner listed some of the schools renovated to include Government Secondary School Doma North, Science School Wamba, GSS Amba, GSS Agwada, GSS Azara, GSS Awe, Government College Obi and G.C. Wamba.
Other schools destroyed by rainstorm and are undergoing renovation or reconstruction are Sports Academy, Akwanga, Government Girls Science School, Garaku, GGSS Keana, GSS Sabon Gida and others.
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