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Kwara Govt. to renovate public schools, pays WAEC’s 30.5m sanctions

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Thursday, flagged off the renovation of 31 public schools across the state in a bid to signal the administration’s commitment to repositioning the education sector in the state.

During the flag-off at Baboko Community Secondary School in the capital city, Ilorin, where three blocks of six classrooms are to be fully rehabilitated and fixed with modern information communication facilities, the state governor announced that it is the first phase of the rehabilitation.

He said the aim of the project is to provide a decent learning environment for the children.

He also announced that the government has equally approved the payment of a N30.5m sanction against schools in Kwara that recorded malpractices during the secondary school leaving examination by West African Examination Council (WAEC) last year.

“The lack of a conducive learning environment and longstanding failure to properly fund education — we last accessed UBEC fund in 2013 — can explain rampant incidents of examination malpractices. We are working to end this menace and return Kwara to the top of the table in the north-central and beyond,” he remarked.

The school rehabilitation flag-off followed the distribution of 932,572 free copies of customised 20, 40 and 80 leaves exercise books for public school children by the government

Reacting to the development, the Education Commissioner, Fatimah Ahmed commended the Governor for his giant strides in the sector, including the establishment of an ICT centre in the school for special needs, settling an outstanding arrears payment of N55m for the feeding allowance of exchange students inherited from the past administration.

Ahmed explained that the government has also provided N5m worth of teaching aids and other basic equipment at the special needs school, sponsored the 2019 common entrance, as well as the recent approval of routine training for teachers in the state.

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