Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 January 2013

Nigeria: 4,000 Shun COE Admission - Provost

Kaduna — Only 1,005 out of the 5,000 students given admission since last year into the College of Education Gidan Waya had registered, the Provost of the college, Hope Gajere has said.

The provost, while defending the college's 2013 budget before the state assembly, said the refusal of the students to register is due to poor state of the school, stressing that facilities and structures in the institution are very poor.

During his own defence, the Chairman of Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Ishaya Dare Akawu said there are about 1.2million pupils in primary schools and that they have about 17,513 classrooms, but that additional 9,000 classrooms are needed.

He also saidthat about 9,000 out of the 17,513 classrooms have no blackboards, 70 per cent of the schools have no source of drinking water while there are no toilet facilities in the schools.

Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Usman told Weekly Trust that the low turnout of the students given admission into the College of Education, Gidan Waya partly has to do with the dilapidation of the structures in the college especially the hostels.

"Last year we went to see the college with the late governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa who directed that the hostels be renovated and that is why this year, about N100million has been allocated for the renovation of the college hostels."

He also mentioned that about N13billion has been budgeted for capital projects of infrastructural development of schools that are in bad shape so that proper teaching and learning can take place.

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