His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR the Executive Governor of Kano State today Tuesday (7/2/2017) attended the graduation ceremony of 2000 in-service trained teachers in 3 programmes; Nigeria Certificate in Education NCE, Professional Diploma in Education PDE and Bachelor in Education B.Ed.
The event is part of the week long activities of Kano Basic Education Week which kicked off yesterday to showcase the achievements and successes recorded in the sector.
Available records shows that, Kano had the highest number of unqualified teachers in the country but with the intervention of Governor Ganduje’s administration under 2years this has changed with additional 25,000 currently undergoing similar training and will graduate next year.
Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR said that, indeed a historic day, as his administration is poised to greatly standardize the quality of teachers in the state and by the end of 2017 when the 25,000 unqualified teachers will finish their training, Kano will eradicate the issue of unqualified teachers in the state.
Gov. Ganduje further stated that this is in addition to other interventions by the state government like the summer camp for female students which has trained over 10,000 and all have passed their common entrance examinations making the programme a huge success. Other interventions include promotion of teachers which has not been done for over a decade as well as establishment of education promotion committees in the 44 local governments.
The Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II in his remarks said that the value of education is in the quality of its teachers and not the fine classrooms and Equipments in a school. He expressed his appreciation that the training of teachers did not stop at Kano indigence alone but all teachers from within and outside the state that are currently teaching in Kano.
The Emir advised that mosques be used as schools for learning to eliminate the issue of inadequate infrastructure. He also commended the administration of Governor Ganduje for embarking on this initiative.
In their goodwill messages, different representatives of various institutions in the education sector, like NNCE, NUC, NTI, UBEC and others commended the state government for this giant strive that will ensure quality education in the state and urge the government to continue with this laudable initiative for the promotion of quality of education.