Kaduna State Government has said that 91,024 pupils have been returned to school and 62,372 new intakes have also been enrolled this year, using various strategies.
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, Dr. Halliru Soba, said that the 62,372 new enrolments were achieved by the activities of School-Based Management Committees as part of the Back-to-School campaign.
Dr Soba who made this disclosure while addressing the media, noted that from July till date, the ministry has sensitized no fewer than 7,168 community volunteers on the enrolment campaign.
He promised that the ministry would continue engaging the Education Marshalls and it has also identified voluntary education marshalls, who are currently being scrutinised to achieve the objective.
“If we are able to get children back to school, then we will achieve the human capital development index, which without enrolment and retention, will not be achieved.
“We are also piloting teaching at the right level programme in Ikara LGA and hope to scale it up to all the LGAs to improve learning outcome and reduce learning poverty rate,” Soba said.
The permanent secretary also sought media partnership and contributions towards reducing what he described as ‘learning poverty’, adding that the term refers to Out-of-School children and those in school but could not read and write.