Sunday, January 17, 2016 7:40 pm
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Usman Adamu, on Sunday, revealed that the state government has concluded all plans to build six science secondary schools in the state.
The Commissioner, who made this known while addressing journalists today disclosed that the Kaduna State Executive Council approved the six sites for the schools, which are to be financed by 17.3 million dollars loan from the Islamic Development Bank .
Adamu also disclosed that Kaduna State Government will be contributing counterpart funding of 3.8 million dollars
He added: “The project, which has suffered delays over the years, is now to be fast racked with schools will be sited in Jere, Rigachikun, Manchok, Pambegua, Buruku and Hunkuyi. Two of the sites previously identified were changed for several reasons. ”
The Commissioner further hinted that the Islamic Development Bank approved the facility for Kaduna State in 2009, which was initially meant to build and equip four science schools . He also said the objective is to raise the number of science graduates from senior secondary schools in Kaduna State.
“A new school has already been constructed within the former project site at Koreye, while the site within the Millennium City is considered unsuitable for a boarding school, given that it is a business district.” He added.
However, he further disclosed that teachers in Kaduna State schools can now rise to Grade Level 17.
According to him,teachers who rise to that level will now be addressed as Director-Tutors, and will bring their knowledge and experience to teaching specific subjects in secondary schools.
Adamu equally explained that Council approval of this career progression for teachers followed the promise of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, to ensure that teachers can rise to the highest grade without having to stop teaching.