The Kaduna State Government says it has disbursed about eighty-five per cent of the USD21.5 million World Bank grant to boost access to quality basic education in the state.
Director of Public Schools, Ministry of Education, Mallam Daharu Anchau, told newsmen in the state on Sunday that the grant was disbursed between 2016 and 2019, adding that the remaining fifteen per cent would be disbursed within the year.
Anchau stated that the 21.5 million dollars were part of the 100 million dollars grant disbursed in Kaduna, Kano, Kastina, Jigawa and Sokoto states under the Global Partnership for Education project.
He explained that the project was to support the benefiting states in strengthening the quality of basic education, saying that the target was to increase access to quality education, particularly the girl-child and Almajiris.
He made it known that the project is targeted at providing N45,000 as scholarship to 15,000 basic one to three girls from poor and backward communities in the state.
“It also supports female teachers annually to enable them to obtain Nigeria Certificate in Education, the minimum teaching qualification in the country.
“So far, 4,260 primary schools, 249 Islamiya schools have benefitted from the grant, while 1,600 pre-primary schools would benefit this year.
“Similarly, 20,000 girl-child and 1,053 female teachers have benefited from the N45,000 annual schorlarship to encourage them to pursue their studies,” he added.