The governor of Gombe state, Muhammadu Yahaya has flagged off the distribution of school materials to pupils in public schools.
The exercise took place at Jalingo Primary School in Funakaye local government area of the state Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, Yahaya said the distribution of the materials demonstrates his commitment to improving the quality of education
He expressed hope that the gesture will improve the quality of teaching and learning in public schools
He lamented that over the years, Gombe state used to be ranked among the poorly performed states in national examinations.
He said his government saw the need to change the bad report through sound education policies.
Yahaya stated that his administration met an education system that was ravaged by inadequate and decayed infrastructure adding that the state government deployed a broad based approach to deal with the educational challenges in the state.
He said government took actions to improve basic literacy level by venturing into the Federal Government/ World Bank project of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).
Among other steps taken was conversion and renovation of the abandoned almajiri school in Kwami into a teacher training centre
adding that the center will serve as a capacity building citadel for teachers in the state
Yahaya lauded the efforts by BESDA and SUBEB and other development partners such as USAID and UNICEF for supporting to revamp the standard of education in the state through training and retraining of teachers.
He said schools across the state will be renovated to ensure conducive atmosphere of learning for pupils and teachers.
“From September 2019-March 2020, the state through BESDA enrolled over two hundred thousand out of school children,” he said.
The governor urged traditional leaders and parents to support the government in the sensitisation and mobilisation
He also charged the SUBEB and BESDA officials to be fair and transparent in distributing the materials
Yahaya personally promise to sponsor an eight –year- old visually impaired pupil, Muhammad Ahmad to any level of his choice.