Nasarawa govt. distributes N65m science, technical equipment to schools

Nasarawa govt. distributes N65m science, technical equipment to schools

The Nasarawa State Government distributed science and technical education equipment, worth N65 million, to private and public secondary schools in the state on Friday in Lafia.


The distribution was made, preparatory to the resumption of schools on Oct. 5.


Hajiya Fatu Sabo, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, said that the exercise was in fulfilment of promises made by Gov. Abdullahi Sule to improve the quality of education in the state.


The state allocated 26 per cent of its 2020 budget to the education sector, in compliance with UNESCO’s recommendation.


The distributed equipment include teaching aids for special schools, as well as upkeep allowances for 418 public secondary schools.


The commissioner said that N33 million was spent on teaching aids, N11 million on technical equipment, N3 million on science equipment, N6 million on special schools, while N12 million was distributed for upkeep.


“The government has also made provision for upkeep to all Chief Evaluation Officers in all secondary schools in the state for the first time,’’ she said.


Sabo said that teaching aids, science equipment and technical equipment were also distributed to private schools as support, given the effects of COVID-19 on the operations of the schools.


The commissioner also said that in the lead-up to schools’ resumption on Oct. 5, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources had been directed to fumigate sections of schools, which were left out in the earlier exercise when exit classes resumed school.


Sabo stressed that the ministry had put machinery on ground to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.


She also called on parents to provide face masks for their children, as none of them would be allowed access to classrooms if they did not have face masks.


“What we are most concerned with is the safety of the students and staff. The schools were fumigated, safety equipment such as hand sanitisers, face masks were provided.


“We would also ensure physical distancing and regular hand washing,’’ she said.


In his remarks, Mr Christopher Ogiri, President, All-Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS), expressed gratitude to the governor for the timely support to schools.


He said that the gesture, which was extended to private schools as well, would go a long way to ensure efficiency, while improving the quality of education in the state.

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