Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Thursday began the distribution of instructional materials and sports kits procured for pupils in the sixteen local government areas (LGAs) in the state.
Gov. AbdulRazaq was represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, at the event held at Community Muslim Primary School in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun LGA of the state.
Abuja365 reports that the materials and kits were procured by both the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB).
AbdulRazaq noted that the materials and kits procured from the two bodies’ interventions of 2018 and 2019 matching grants.
He however said they would be of great significance to the upliftment of basic education in the state.
“The aim is to reduce the burden on pupils, parents and guardians, most especially in this hard time in the country.
“Also, the programme is aimed at repositioning basic education in the area of sports activities, which will go a long way in encouraging and inspiring pupils in participating in physical and health education.
“That will not only provide them with good and sound health but also enable them to discover their talents to engage in sports competitions within and outside the state and at the international level,” the governor said.
He said his administration was working at ensuring effective teaching and learning of physical education and other subjects in all schools.
“This is through prompt payment of salaries, implementation of promotions, payment of palliative and provision of instructional materials.”
The governor disclosed that the project was going to be in phases.
He went on to acknowledge school leaders, administrators, teachers, and non-teaching staff who work round the clock to ensure the success of laudable programmes of his administration.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Rebecca Olanrewaju, expressed gratitude to the governor for salvaging and uplifting the education sector.
Olanrewaju implored management bodies of schools not to hoard the materials meant for the pupils.
Also, the Chairman of Kwara SUBEB, Prof. Shehu Adaramaja, stated that the textbooks and sports kit were procured under the one percent UBEC/KWSUBEB sports intervention fund.
”They are to effectively address the instructional materials gap in public primary and junior secondary schools,” he said.