The Kaduna State Government has declared a 13.7 billion naira yearly free education policy for primary and Secondary Schools students in the state.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai stated this at the end of a three-day retreat for Commissioners and Special Advisers in the state at the Fifth Chukker Polo Ground, along Kaduna-Saminaka Express Way.
He said the policy had taken away the burden of tuition fees, school uniforms, feeding at the state boarding schools and other sundry charges from parents every year.
He explained that about 9 billion naira would be spent for standadized three sets of school uniforms for 1.1 million pupils in primary schools and other materials to make learning easy for them, while about 3.7 billion naira would be spent on fees and feeding for over 3,780 Junior Secondary Schools students across the state.
He added that the state would be paying about 200 million naira per term as school fees for students, while government supplement for feeding in boarding schools would gulp 200 million naira per term as well.
According to the governor, about 5,000 local tailors would be engaged to produce the single type uniforms for all the schools in the state, noting that the idea was to create jobs for local entrepreneurs in Kaduna State.