By Umar Yusuf
YOLA â€” Two model Primary Schools to be equipped with modern facilities are to be established in Adamawa State by the South Korea government under an educational partnership between that country and the state government.
Already, a team of experts from South Korea are due in the state in the first week of March to fine-tune the agreement.
Chairman of Adamawa Universal Basic Primary Education Board, Dr Salihu Bakari, told correspondents in Yola, yesterday, that the two model Primary Schools, which will cost over N700 million, were to be cited in Yola and Demsa.
He said already, feasibility studies for the establishment of the model primary schools had been completed, adding that as soon as the Korean experts arrived and the co-operation documents signed, construction of the structures will commence in earnest.
ETF earmarks N187m
Bakari also announced that the Education Trust Fund, ETF, was to assist the state government with a sum of N187 million for the establishment of three Tsangaya Model Schools for the local Koranic pupils popularly called Almajiris.
Bakari said the schools were to be cited in Mubi, Girei and Mayo-Belwa Local Government Council.
Bakari observed that the menace of Almajiris should not be seen as purely Islamic affairs, but a social problem to the entire society.
He announced that already top level mobilisation of teachers of the local Quranic Pupils have commenced on the need for them to embrace the western education.
Bakari decries Almajiris
â€œApart from the mobilisation, the board intends to build primary schools randomly in areas that are concentrated by the Almajiris. When they see modern ways of learning, surely the will be attracted to enroll in such schools,â€ he said
On claims by local government council chairmen in the state that 64 per cent of their statutory allocation is deducted for primary schools teachers, Bakari described the claim as purely political statements by the chairmen to achieve cheap publicity.
He decried the uncompromising attitude of local government council chairmen in the state to the issue of primary school education, noting that over 7,000 primary school teachers in the state areÂ denied promotionÂ for failure of their local government council to provide funds.