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El-Rufai approves N81m for education reforms, researches

By Idowu Abdullahi,

As part of measures aimed at improving quality of education across Kaduna State, the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has approved N81 million for 13 researchers to aid their study on needed reforms in the state’s education sector.

He explained that the approval had been given such that would allow educational development in the state through the needed reforms that would guarantee

El-Rufai said that though the money had been approved for research on education, it would be expanded to other sectors including Health, Agriculture among other sectors.

Through a statement issued on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor maintained that the approval was given by the State Executive Council which he chaired.

The Commissioner of Education, Dr. Shehu Muhammad, said that before the approval, the council had been briefed that 13 proposals were selected from the 75 that were submitted.

He added that the ministry had earlier issued an invitation for expression of research interest in October 2020 and 75 researchers had indicated interest.

‘’Scholars were invited to assess the education sector in Kaduna State in the light of ongoing reforms and to help improve knowledge on issues such as access to education, the quality provided and the trajectory of human capital development in the state,’’ the commissioner was quoted as saying in the statement.

According to him, the proposals were evaluated by a 12-member committee, chaired by Professor Ben Chindo of Kaduna State University. The committee selected 13 research proposals for the award of grants after rigorous screening. The selected research projects are expected to be completed within nine months, after which the State Ministry of Education will organize a conference to present the research findings.

Muhammad said that though the budget for research grants would be domiciled in the Ministry of Education, the government would broaden the scope of funded research to other sectors such as Agriculture, Health, Infrastructure, and Security.

He added that the successful research proposals cover topics such as Higher Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Impact of ICT on Learning Outcomes and the Development of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), e-Literacy Platform for Secondary Education in Kaduna State.

‘’since 2015, the El-Rufai government has pursued a policy of promoting equality of opportunity through investments in human capital development. This has prioritized Education and Health in budgetary allocations, and has manifested indecisive actions such as making the first 12 years of schooling free and compulsory, renovation of schools, the building of more classrooms, and the replacement of 21,780 failed teachers with 25,000 qualified primary school teachers,’’ he added.

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