Agency decries poor condition of nomadic schools in Bauchi
Alhaji Musa Hardo, the Secretary, Bauchi State Agency for Nomadic Education (BASABNE), on Friday, decried the poor condition of most nomadic schools in the state.
Hardo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi that most of the schools were operating under trees and make-shifts improvised buildings provided by their host communities.
According to him, the agency presently has 265 schools, with an enrolment figure of 50,665 pupils and 1,074 teachers respectively.
He, however, said only few, out of the schools had one block of two classrooms each.
The secretary noted that some of the schools with permanent structures were dilapidated and yearning for renovation and additional classrooms.
He added that “we are also being faced with additional problem of accommodating 265 pupils who fled Zamfara State with their parents following the mayhem that engulfed some parts of the state.
“We, therefore, need not less than 100 blocks of two classrooms, especially with the high demand being made by various communities as a result of crises in neighbouring states to reduce some of the accommodation problem.’’
On teachers, he said that in spite of the 1,074 of them on the payroll of the Agency, most of the schools still had shortage of teachers.
Hardo, however, expressed optimism that the problem may soon be addressed with the recruitment of 465 new teachers from the families of the nomads.
He said that the schools also lacked furniture and water for both the nomads and their animals as most of them had settled down in various locations in the state.
He then appealed to the state government to redeploy more teachers and transfer schools currently under the State Universal Basic Education Board to the Agency for effective and smooth running of the schools.
He urged the state government to release the four Toyota Hilux pickup vans and one 18-seater bus it had earlier approved for the agency.
This, Hardo said, would enable the agency to monitor the schools as most of them were located in the remote areas of the state.
The secretary also urged the government to construct zonal offices in the three senatorial districts of the state for proper supervision.