Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state has directed the five emirs in the state to report any parent who refuses to take their children to school under the new compulsory free education policy introduced by the Kano administration.
The governor gave the directive while receiving all the five emirs who visited him during the just concluded Sallah celebrations.
“A law will be in place to punish those who refuse to help in the education of their children,” he said, in a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary.
“We need your maximum cooperation for the successful implementation of our free and compulsory primary and post primary education policy.
“Our traditional rulers are part of our critical stakeholders who will see to the hitch-free implementation of this all-embracing and people-centred policy. You are in all nooks and crannies of our dear state,” the governor added.
Ganduje also assured all the emirs that government has demonstrated seriousness for effective and efficient implementation of the policy.
“All the schools will be given some special resources to properly handle the implementation of this new policy. Hence, bank accounts to this effect will soon be opened for the schools, purposely for that. So that they can have what is needed for their day to day upkeep and other things,” he said.
The governor added that the almajiri system of education would be included as part of the new policy.
“Reports reaching us indicate that, in some places, parents have started putting themselves into clusters in order to partner with government for the achievement of this laudable policy. This is encouraging indeed,” he said.
“Provision of quality education must start from basic and move upward, as this context indicates. That is the main reason why we won’t relent in the proper implementation of this policy. Education is always key to genuine and sustainable development,” Ganduje added.