Bauchi Assembly passes Children’s Access to Basic Education Bill

Bauchi Assembly passes Children’s Access to Basic Education Bill

By Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi.

 

The Bauchi State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to make free, compulsory and basic education a fundamental right of children in the state.

 

The bill for a law to promote children access to basic education and other connected matters was sponsored by the Speaker, Abubakar Sulaiman.

 

The passage of the bill followed that adoption of a report presented by the House Committee on Education at the plenary.

 

The Chairman of the Committee, Assemblyman Babayo Akuyam (PDP-Misau), said that the bill would stimulate pupils’ enrolment and retention in schools.

 

He said that the bill also sought to eliminate inequalities and disparities in education, as every child would be entitled to basic education with equal opportunities.

 

Akuyam said that the bill stipulated penalties for parents and teachers who refused to enrol children in school without any lawful reason.

 

“The perpetrator would risk one-year imprisonment, with an option of N100,000 fine,” he said.

 

The legislators unanimously passed the bill after the third reading.

 

The Deputy Speaker, Danlami Kawule, who presided over the plenary, directed the Clerk of the House, Umar Gital, to transmit the bill to the governor for his assent.

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