Bauchi State’s Ministry of Education has started a two-day training of 370 enumerators for its annual school census on Saturday.
Addressing the enumerators before the commencement of the training in Bauchi, the Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Jamila Dahiru congratulated them for being selected to participate in the exercise.
She said the training is crucial as it would help the government to establish the actual numbers of schools and students population, including those in Quranic schools.
It would also help to establish facilities needed in the schools and in the gathering of data necessary for proper planning, she added.
Dahiru charged the enumerators to effectively and accurately discharge their functions and ensure that no school is left out.
She explained that the census would last for 10 days, starting from March 6, 2023.
“Without correct data, we won’t have something to work on.
"We are hoping that using our annual school census this year, we will be able to project and plan for the next few years.
“If you mislead us, we will be misled entirely, and it is important that you capture and present accurate data.
“We want to have a robust annual school census this year because over the years, we have been having records of out-of-school children in Bauchi State where we were told that we were in the lead.
“We believe that this is not true. If we have people, ministries, other agencies, and recruiting teachers over the years and enrolling students, yet we keep on topping the chart, I think something is wrong.
“Either the data is not correct or we are doing something wrong. And so, we want to find out,’’ the commissioner said.
Dahiru urged the participants to go out as ambassadors of the state, keeping in mind that acquisition of correct data is their topmost priority.
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