BY JULIET NONYE
The Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) has tasked Kaduna State government to lower taxes on Non-State Schools to increase access to basic education in the State.
The Technical Lead, Governance of Non-State System, PLANE, Dr. James Fadokun made the call yesterday in Kaduna at a 1-day Disemination of Socio-demographic Survey and Graded Assessment of Non-State Schools in Kaduna.
“Government should provide Non-State schools with subvention-grants, some subsidies, and support a dynamic policy framework for Non-State school providers so they can leverage resources and increase access and quality of education for the underprivileged.
“Government should also provide visual aids, hearing aids and other critical facilities to Non-State schools to promote inclusive basic education”.
Fadokun also called on the government to provide free in-service training for instructors in private schools as part of State government efforts to invest in the future of its children.
He added that another recommendation was the integration of Non-State Tsangaya schools with Islamic Quranic institutions.
“Relevant stakeholders – community, religious heads, parents, government, and educational institutions must all play a role in the pursuit of educational development in the State”.
According to him, the study was conducted in 371 schools across six PLANE implementing Local Government Areas (LGAs) namely Kaduna South, Kaduna North, Jaba, Sabon Gari, Sanga, and Soba.
Earlier, PLANE Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor, Hajia Umma Mohammed also called on government to implement the GESI safeguarding and disability inclusion minimum standards in all Non-State schools.