Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari, on Thursday, announced that no fewer than 160 additional secondary schools would soon be constructed in the state by the government.
Masari further revealed that the state would also expend over N2 billion in grants to 578 junior and senior secondary schools in the state promptly.
The Governor made this known during the commencement of the allocation of $5,092,000 (N2,113,180,000) School Improvement Grant (SIG) to all junior and senior secondary schools in the state through the School-Based Management Committees (SBMC), under the platform of the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment project (AGILE)
According to him, the project was part of the reaction to the fulfilment of the agreement between Katsina State and the World Bank to support the community in the construction of schools.
Governor Masari said the project would promote children's access to education in the state.
Speaking at the occasion, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Badamasi Charanchi, disclosed that the academic performance of secondary school students in the state had improved after the employment of more teachers, learning materials and improved infrastructure to schools in the state.
“From 2007 to 2014, the performance of secondary school students at SSCE stood at only 19 per cent; that is out of 417,576 candidates that sat for SSCE, only 79,044 (19 per cent) obtained five credits and above in any subject.
“During Governor Aminu Masari led administration from 2015 to 2021, a total of 475,988 candidates sat for SSCE out of which 354,610 (74.49 per cent) scored five credits and above in any subject.
"This is unprecedented,” he announced.
The governor encouraged every member of the SBMC to make prudent use of the grants, noting that “our plan (is) to gradually hand over some aspects of schools management to communities.”