Stakeholders in Yobe State yesterday met in Damaturu to kick-start the process of implementing the state of emergency declared on primary and secondary education by Governor Mai Mala Buni in his inauguration address.
The meeting was to identify and analyse problems of basic and primary education in the state and recommend strategies to uplift the sector.
Buni, who declared the meeting open, said the initiative was to build a solid, vibrant and robust foundation for the development of education and revitalize it to address emerging challenges in the state.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Idi Barde Gubana, said: “On the occasion of our inauguration and swearing-in ceremony on May 29, I made a policy statement declaring state of emergency in basic and secondary education in our state.” He appreciated the efforts of the immediate past administration for employing 4,000 teachers, rehabilitating and expanding primary and secondary schools as well as enhancing the secondary school feeding programme.
“Also, we have taken into consideration the major setbacks suffered by the sector in terms of destruction of facilities, insecurity and its attendant effect on enrolment, and enabling environment for teaching and learning occasioned by the activities of the insurgents.
“Above all, there is the need to address the issue of inadequacy of teachers, teaching and learning materials among other requirements of the education sector”, he said.