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Yuguda: Revolutionising the education sector in Bauchi

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Written by Ishola Michael


Wednesday, 31 October 2012

AS we are all aware, provision of sound education is always associated with development, as no nation can prosper when its citizens are not properly educated, especially in this era when technology and science are the hallmark of development. 

Without seeking to disparage any individual, the present administration inherited a pathetic and poor state of affairs in the education sector in Bauchi, a state created in 1976. When Mallam Isa Yuguda assumed office as the governor of the state, he inherited a variety of problems, including; in-sufficient classroom accommodation without qualified teaching staff; in-sufficient training for the teachers to cope with the increase in pupils’ enrolment at the primary and post-primary school levels; in-sufficient working materials, staff accommodation and incentives to teachers; and negative attitude of some parents towards the education of their children.

However, in its efforts to initiate and execute government-approved policies towards the development of education in the state, the state Ministry of Education had recommended and obtained government approvals for major renovation works in our institutions, recruitment of teachers, upgrading of some schools to meet up with the present challenges on education, provision of series of incentives to teachers, provision of textbooks and instructional materials, upward review of direct feeding rate per student per day, etc.

The ministry has a total number of 85 post-primary institutions, three model primary schools and five women secondary schools spread across the emirate in the state. The students’ population in the post-primary schools stands at 90,789, while the staff strength stands at 5,267 for both teaching and non-teaching staff.

The ministry had, within the period under review, recorded series of achievements which included, but not limited to recommendations to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for the promotion of about 978 teaching staff into various grade levels. Already approval for the promotion of some of these teachers has been released by the commission. Various allowances/incentives for teachers were either introduced or reviewed upward, based on the approval of the state government. This is with a view to motivating teachers in the school system to work hard and take teaching appointment with dedication, zeal and commitment. 

The ministry closely monitored and ensured that all contracts awarded for  various projects were being executed according to specification. Contract for the supply of staff and students furniture to GDSS T/Fulani and GDSS Kofar-Idi, GSS Dass, GGC Bauchi and GGC Azare was awarded and supplied by the Bauchi Furniture Company. Contracts for the renovation/upgrading of some schools awarded are either completed or are in various stages of completion. They include complete renovation of GSS Toro, GGAC Alkaleri, GSS Katagum, GTC Gamawa, GTC Gumau, GGC Bauchi and GSS Sakwa and the block fencing of GSS Bununu, GSS L/Katagum and GDTC Bauchi were almost completed. Approval was granted for the conversion of some Government secondary schools to boardin schools in order to meet up with the high demand for education and encourage girl-child education in the state. 

There was an increase in budgetary allocation to the education sector which resulted in an increase in budget performance to 85 per cent. The Ministry of Education procured 20 Global Positioning System for the conduct of school mapping exercise at the cost of N1.4 million and conducted same. Through the initiative of the present administration, Bauchi State is now an active participant in the Students Exchange Programme (SEP), with all the 19 northern states participating. The government is involved in the monitoring of the Direct Feeding System on resumption of students and staff after holidays. Public schools in the state have recorded achievements in inter-state competitions and there has been successful conduct workshop and training for teachers on HIV with other development partners such as UNICEF, the Northern Education Intiative (NEI) and the World Bank.    

Apart from the purchase of technical drawing materials in the technical colleges, production units were established in all the colleges in the state. Science laboratory equipments and chemicals were purchased and distributed in the public schools. The capacity of the staff was also strengthened in the usage of Chemistry Laboratory by training 25 Chemistry teachers, 50 students and 10 laboratory assistants at the National Research and Chemical Technology Institute, Zaria.

Under the National Mathematical Centre Capacity Building, over 40 teachers from Bauchi attended workshops and trainings in the teaching of Mathematics. The state hosted the North East Science Technical Teachers Workshop organised by Federal Science Equipment Centre, Ijanikin, Lagos where 60 teachers from Bauchi received training on the production and maintenance of laboratory/workshop equipment. Bauchi State came second at the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Debating Competition held at Abuja where it won a set of desktop computer and a cash prize of N100, 000.00.

 The state government released the sum of N172 million for WAEC, NABTEB and NBAIS examinations in 2012. Mock examination was successfully re-introduced and conducted for SSIII students to get them adequately prepared for the SSCE final examination. GGC Nabordo and GCDSS Bauchi represented the state at the Nestle Milo Basketball Competition in June 2011 where GCDSS, Bauchi came third. GDSS Army Barracks qualified for the quarter finals of this year’s NNPC/Shell Cup competition. GDSS Azare qualified and represented the state at the zonal preliminary at Katsina in March 2012. Sports facilities were distributed to schools in order to encourage sports development at grass roots level.

The present administration also took a giant step in the area of nomadic education: There was an increase in the enrolment of nomadic primary school pupils from 38,365 to 46,537, while the number of nomadic primary schools in the state has increased from 233 to 245. The government purchased office furniture worth N5million from the Bauchi Furniture Company for distribution to all nomadic schools in the state. It also purchased of school chalk worth N1million, while twin desks and teachers tables were distributed to all nomadic primary schools in the state.

•Michael is the Chief Press Secretary to the Bauchi State governor.

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