The Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali, said on Thursday that the lawmakers would support any action that would ensure total reform of the education sector in the state.
The speaker made the commitment in Kaduna at a workshop organised by an NGO, Awareness for Good Leadership, Peace and Development in collaboration with Good Leadership Forum.
The event was to assess the impact of the reform in the education sector began by the Kaduna State Government three years ago.
The speaker, who was represented by his deputy, Nuhu Shadalafiya, described the event as timely, saying it would assist the government and lawmakers address lapses for more positive result.
According to him, ongoing recruitment of quality teachers for schools and upgrade of infrastructure would translate into quality learning and performance by students.
He assured of the assembly’s total support, adding that current reform in the education sector will ensure that henceforth, the recruitment of unqualified teachers by politicians would no longer be possible.
Shagali expressed appreciation to parents for “believing in the change introduced by the state government in its public schools.”
Also, Abdullahi Aliyu, chairman of the NGO, said the event was to unveil recent research it conducted on the ongoing reform in the education sector in the state.
He said that the aim was to create awareness and bridge existing gaps between leaders and the general public, garner support for government policies and ensure that government action benefits the people.
”That is why we see reason to organize such event with various stakeholders to discuss on the achievements recorded and further enlighten the government on areas of challenges to improve on.”
According to him, the reform has led to drop in the enrolment of students into private schools in the state due to the improvements recorded in public schools.
Mr Shehu Sani, Permanent member, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said 13,000 new teachers would receive their appointment letters this Thursday.
Sani said parents have now realised that what their children can get in private schools is now obtainable in the state public schools.
He stressed that more infrastructure works is ongoing across the state to provide conducive learning environment, adding that the government has directed SUBEB to henceforth handle the payment of teachers.
Haruna Danjuma, the Chairman, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), advised the government to monitor closely what the pupils are being fed under the school feeding programme.
He also called for the recruitment of more teachers to cater for the large number of children enrolled into public schools.