state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has flagged off an
enrollment program which seeks to admit one million, two hundred and
sixty eight thousand (1,268,000) new pupils into primary and junior
secondary schools across the state.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal enrolling little Aishatu into primary One, at Bodinga LGA of Sokoto State
The ambitious program, flagged off at Bodinga LGA of the state, seeks
to enhance access to all eligible children to universal basic education
and promote retention, completion and transition of students from basic
and secondary levels to tertiary institutions in the state.
Speaking at the event, Tambuwal said government will strengthen the enrollment drive to ensure that it achieved its objectives.
He said parents will be supported with a conditional cash transfer
programmes by the government to ensure they allow their children attend
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To ensure further success, the government said it will deploy
technology for biometric data capture of those enrolled in order to keep
track of their school attendance and performance, and at the same time
take steps to address constraints and challenges that may arise while
they are in schools.
In his remarks, UNICEF’s Chief Field Officer in Sokoto, Mohammad
Mohiuddin, said the enrolment campaign could not have come at a time
considering the fact that Sokoto has the highest number of primary
school children that are out of school in the country most of who are
He however said that the state is currently one of the five states in
the North that is benefiting from UK and US governments’ funded Girls
Education Project phase 3.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, with UNICEF Chief of Field Office in Sokoto,
Mohammad Mohiuddin, with five children newly-enrolled into primary one
In his remarks, the state commissioner for basic and secondary
education, Dr. Muhammad Jabbi Kilgore said the theme for the enrolment
drive is ‘Catch them early, keep them long.’
He said the campaign will be aggressively conducted to massively
register children with special focus on girl child with a view to lay
solid foundation on gender balance in schools.
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