To encourage habitable and conducive learning environment, Kwara state government has released a sum of N289 million for rehabilitation of 200 blocks of classrooms in 58 secondary schools in all the 16 local government areas of the state.
The state commissioner for Education, Alhaji Raji Mohammed, in a briefing with newsmen in Ilorin on Tuesday, added that the sum of money included procurement of three buses for school monitoring. He stressed that a sum of N98 million earlier released by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed during his first 100 days in office had been used for repair of some schools.
The commissioner, noted that more than 900 schools were in bad state on assumption of office, adding that the government decided to take the rehabilitation work on the schools bit by bit.
He, however, urged media practitioners and members of host communities where the affected schools are located to ensure strict supervision and monitoring of the rehabilitation projects so that the jobs are properly done according to specifications and encourage participatory governance.
He stated that contractors would be mobilised to start working on site in few days, adding that they would be asked to provide bonds as guarantee.
The commissioner, said that training and re-training of teachers are paramount to the state government, especially science teachers, adding that lots of money had been voted for the project in the first phase, stressing that second phase would commence soon.
He also said that the state government would build additional two blocks of classrooms in three nomadic schools out of 87 in the state.
He said there is quality assurance and bench mark for schools, teachers and students in the state to measure their performance.