Kaduna State Government to Take Census of Public Primary School Pupils

In line with his promise to the people of the state that there would be free education from primary to junior secondary school if elected as the governor of the state in his acceptance speech shortly after emerging as the gubernatorial flag bearer of APC on 5th December, 2014, Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has ordered the state’s Universal Basic Education Board to immediately conduct a headcount of the public primary school pupils in the state.

A report reaching us has it that the census has been scheduled for Monday the 28th of September, 2015. It is however not clear whether it will last for only one day or longer. Parents and guardians are therefore encouraged to make sure their children and wards make it to school tomorrow (28th September, 2015).

It will be recalled that the Kaduna State Governor, Mal. Nasiru El-Rufai, has recently unveiled a comprehensive free education policy for public primary and secondary schools aimed at making basic education affordable and compulsory, and also improving the dwindling fortunes of the state in the educational sector.

The programme, which would cost the state an estimated 13.7billion naira annually is supposed to take away the burden of school fees, school uniforms, feeding at public boarding secondary schools and primary schools among others.

The governor also warned all school heads against collecting any form of fees from parents or students, describing it as fraudulent and promising to deal with anyone found wanting.

The above revelations were made at the end of the three-day retreat organized for all Commissioners and Special Advisers in the state at the Fifth Chukker Ground, by Kangimi Dam, along Kaduna-Saminaka road.

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