The Governor of Taraba State, His Excellency Dr. Agbu Kefas, recently made headlines by announcing free basic education for all residents of the state. An immediate response is required in light of the dramatic increase in students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools over the past ten school days. The following actions have been authorised after being discussed with His Excellency:
- An information and communication technology (ICT) based registration system will be implemented beginning with this academic year. Both new and current students will be affected by this. Making sure they are registered ensures that they will have access to necessary school supplies upon their arrival.
Uniforms, shoes, socks, and textbooks will be made accessible to students in time for the start of the new academic year in January.
Thirdly, the state government would pay for all Third Form students to take the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NEC) exams next year. Sponsorships and scholarships will be available to those that excel academically.
Adult students who are interested in starting classes again should contact one of the many mass education facilities across the country.
- Maximising the Use of Existing School Buildings: Shifting systems will be implemented in schools that have reached their maximum capacity in terms of amenities until new buildings are constructed to accommodate the rising demand.
Better Perks for National Youth Service Corps Volunteers: His Excellency has granted considerable allowances for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in schools in Taraba State as an emergency reaction to the education situation: –
Their monthly stipend would be increased by ten thousand naira. a lump sum of 50,000 Naira to be used as a medical fund – A living allowance of 25,000 Naira per semester, or 75,000 Naira over three semesters. 7. Prospects for Gainful Employment:
Volunteers in the Exceptional Youth Corps who stand out while working in classrooms will be offered jobs on the spot. The Education Commissioner and the Youth and Sports Commissioner have worked together to plan the implementation of these programmes. The new benefits packages for Youth Corps members teaching in our schools will be rolled out as soon as possible, a goal that has the full support of the Commissioner of Youth and Sports.
Taraba State’s persistent dedication to improving educational opportunities, encouraging youth growth, and safeguarding the future of its children was reaffirmed by these steps. Commissioner for Information and Re-Orientation: Barr Zainab Usman Jalingo.