Kaduna State Government says it will build 90 new Junior Secondary Schools in 2021 to ease transition from primary schools to secondary schools within the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Shehu Usman Muhammad Ph.D, says these new junior secondary schools will ease the existing congestions and other challenges faced by the secondary schools in the state.
The Commissioner, who led a monitoring team to monitor the conduct of the 2020 Placement examination into Junior Secondary Schools in Zaria, expressed concern over the congestions experienced by most of the schools monitored, noting that something must be done to ease the problem.
“One thing I must confess to have seen that I am not happy about is that almost all of the schools have problem of over congestion of students. We cannot pretend that this does not exist, as there is a lot of congestions.
“But we are determined to increase the number of classrooms, we are determined to increase the number of schools. I want to assure our viewers and listeners that in 2021, with our relationship with and of the World Bank, we are building 90 new Junior Secondary Schools attached to current primary schools.
“That will ease the transition from primary schools to junior secondary schools, and I am sure that by the time we do that, it will ease the congestion we are seeing at schools,” says the Commissioner.
While stating that the new junior secondary schools will create more space at the bottom, he expressed conviction that a lot of children will be enrolled in schools, adding that “by the time of enrollment, we have a sustained retention process so that all of them will be able to be retained in schools and then graduate the same number.”
The Commissioner expressed joy over the turnout of pupils to write the placement exams, noting that “that tells me that more children are eager to go to Secondary school.”
He said contrary to what he thought before the exams, a lot of the pupils came to write the exams, based on what he saw in the schools visited.
“The impression I had before coming to see it for myself is that, probably, students may not turnout for this exam because they have long awaited to see the day when they will write the exams. But we kept on postponing for one reason or the other.
“But I am impressed that over 220,000 of them have turned out to write the exams in different centers in Kaduna State. And from the few schools I visited in Zaria, about four or five of them, I am impressed by the turnout, I am impressed by the conduct of exams, and I am impressed by the enthusiasm I have seen in both the teachers and the students to write the exams,” said the commissioner.