Free Education : Ganduje Repositions Boarding Feeding Programme For Better Students Performance

Posted by:Abubakar Dundu

Against the backdrop that, education without adequate feeding arrangement, particularly at boarding schools, could be half way, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has repositioned feeding arrangement in the 60 boarding schools in Kano.

This, according to him, would go a long way, in making effective, the newly initiated free and compulsory basic and secondary education policy, with particular reference to secondary education in the context of boarding schools. 

He made his position known, at a meeting he held with contractors handling boarding schools feeding arrangement, at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Friday,  insisting that, all contractors must understand that, the state is now in new dawn of education system. 

To curb any unwanted excuse that could put into jeopardy, the new free and compulsory basic and secondary education system, particularly in the boarding schools, he sets criteria for the contractors, in an effort to improve quality feeding for the students. That will translate into commendable performance. 

"There are three major criteria that you must abide by, for our students to be attentive in their studies. One, you must provide them with sufficient food. Secondly, the food must be of good quality and well cooked and thirdly, food must be supplied at the right time," he said.

There are 70 boarding schools under this arrangement, with over One Hundred Thousand (100,000) beneficiaries. Out of which 12 are Science and Technical Schools, another 12 are Tsangaya schools and 46 are under Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board. 

While assuring the School Feeding Committee and Kitchen Masters of various school zonal areas of continued support from government over prompt payment of their bills for their services, he warned them against selling their contract Award letters. 

Contemplating that, "If Award letters are sold to the third party, some of the letters could go to the wrong hands, probably to people who do not mean well for the government."

If that happens, he added "Such individuals could cause some unnecessary confusion in the whole process. Which could lead to disaffection from the members of the public. 

They could create bad scenario to even appear like nobody cares for the feeding of our children. So selling off the Award letters is strongly dismissed."

Governor Ganduje reminded that, all parts of the feeding arrangement are equally important, as such "...we must all do our possible best to see to the successful implementation of this free and compulsory basic and secondary education, so also as it affects this feeding arrangement," he said.

"As I am assuring you that, there will not be any delay in paying your bills, you should also reciprocate by providing quality services, as you are all aware," he urged. 

By way of consolidating the integration of Tsangaya schools, as being enunciated by the governor, some Tsangaya schools are included in this repositioned boarding schools feeding system, as he says "We are doing our best to include all Tsangaya schools with time."

In awarding contracts under this new arrangement of boarding schools feeding, even the process and procedures for the award are repositioned to serve in the best way for effective, efficient and transparent management of the free and compulsory education policy implementation. 

Abba Anwar
Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor