The Exective Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed has pledged to repair the declining standard of education in the state’s schools through the declaration of state of emergency.
The state governor, who lamented about the backwardness of the state education system, said a state of emergency would soon be declared in the sector.
Gov. Mohammed made this known in Bauchi yesterday when members of the Global Affairs Canada visited him at the Council Chambers, Government House, saying that a state of emergency would help tackle the challenges facing the education sector.
“It will be recalled that far back into the First Republic, Bauchi State was reputed as one of the bastions of all categories of educated manpower in Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, that reputation has been blown away and the state has become a byword for educational backwardness; a shadow of its former self.
“The greatest evidence of this decline is the report by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that there are 1.3 million out-of-school children in the state which is the highest in Nigeria. The performance of the state is nothing to write home about.
“Our teachers require training; we need capacity building to churn out good products. Our cut-off markes are the lowest and our transition from primary to secondary is the lowest in the country because of the poor quality of teaching.
“We don’t even have laboratories in our primary and secondary schools. So, therefore, we are going to declare a state of emergency in education,” Gov Mohammed said.
Mohammed commended Global Affairs Canada for the various projects being implemented in the state in the areas of agriculture, education, health and other sectors.