Borno State Government will this year, commence Afternoon Primary And Secondary School Education System.
It is to address the problems of congestion and increased enrolment of out-of-school children.
Governor Babagana Zulum, announced this in Maiduguri, during his inaugural speech, shortly after taking an oath of office, for a second term.
Although, the Zulum administration has built dozens of new Mega-sized schools, and expanded existing ones, with about 1,000 new classrooms, it is still faced with issues of congested classrooms, with thousands of out-of-school children.
“I am happy to announce that Borno State will soon commence the afternoon primary and secondary schools system. I am appointing an implementation committee to work out modalities for starting the afternoon school system, and it will be identifying pilot schools to be selected from some of our mega schools in Maiduguri, which have good lighting systems.”
Zulum explains that, introducing afternoon schools, would entail an increased number of staff, and for that, he has directed the Office of the Head of Service, to carefully identify some well-certificated staff, currently redundant at the government secretariat, who will be trained on school orientation, and be deployed to hold non-teaching positions, in the afternoon schools.
The governor also said, security measures will be taken, to ensure the success of the schools, noting that classes, may sometimes, extend to the early portions of the night.
As part of measures to improve the standard of education in Borno State, Governor Zulum has also announced a plan to recruit 5,000 teachers, during his second tenure
Zulum said other measures, such as mock examinations in secondary schools, will be re-introduced, and Centres of Excellence will be established, to allow the government to harness the potential of the less privileged children.
(Editor: Paul Akhagbemhe)