Ebola: Kaduna Budgets N116m for Preventive Measures in Schools

Kaduna State Government on Tuesday said it has released N116m for the purchase of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, detecting equipment in public schools.

Ibrahim Ali, Commissioner for Education in the state, said this at the flag-off of training for 13,000 teachers on prevention of EVD ahead of the September 22 resumption date for primary and post primary schools.

Ali, who stressed the need for preventive measures against the spread of the disease, urged participants to ensure strict compliance amongst staff and students on good hygiene.

He said N41m was earmarked for the training, refreshment and transportation of the teachers, while N75m was for the purchase of thermometers.

“We are training about 13,000 teachers across the three senatorial zones. N41m has been earmarked for the training, refreshment, and transportation of teachers, while N75m is for the purchase of equipment from the Federal Ministry of Health. 
“And we are purchasing 10,000 to give two to each school, and in the event where a school has more than 1,000 students, it is at a liberty to have more.”

The commissioner said the state government would provide more fund to the education sector.

“We expect to double the money we spend on teachers’ professional development. The magic is for one to train and retrain teachers every year so that they can be up-to-date.

“No matter how you put the structures in the schools, if you don’t have the teaching materials, text books and embark on regular training for teachers, you are not going to record any success. So, we are giving priority to the training of teachers so that they can impact more on students’ performance,” he added.

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