The Kano state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has declared free and
compulsory education in the state commencing from the 2014 academic
year.

He made the declaration during the presentation of 2014 appropriation bill to the House of Assembly.

According
to Vanguard, Kwankwaso stated that “in our collective resolve to drive a
knowledge base economy, government has already concluded arrangement to
adopt a free education for all indigene at all levels: primary,
secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.”

The Governor
added that “this is in addition to sponsoring of Kano indigenes to
pursue their various degree programmes locally and internationally”,
pointing out that the commencement of the free education for all Kano
state indigenes from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions
starting from the new academic session in 2014.”

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In order to
ensure effective implementation of the new programme, the Education
sector got the largest share of the sectoral allocation with over
N20billion with Ministry of Education N15.22billion; while its ministry
for Higher Education counterpart got N5.61billion.

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This is a
laudable move. The education sector needs to be well funded not just in
Kano state but in all states of the country. We hope this policy would
be sustainable and result in a better future for the children resident
in the state.

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