Improvement in girl-child enrollment excites wife of Plateau Gov

Mrs Regina Lalong, Wife of Plateau Governor, has expressed satisfaction with the level  improvement of the girl-child enrollment in primary schools in the state.
Lalong gave the commendation at the inauguration of the High Level Women Advocates (HILWA) Group, Plateau Chapter, on Friday in Jos, the state capital of Plateau.
She attributed the increase of the girl-child enrollment to the state government’s commitment to providing an enabling environment for teachers and learners.
The 2015/2016 session had primary school enrollment of 26, 4981 males and 258, 156 females, while the 2016/2017 session had 27, 5870 male and 26, 980 female enrollments.
“Since the inception of this government, 411 class rooms have been renovated and constructed.
“More than 700 teachers have been trained on jolly phonics, a child-centered approach to the teaching of literacy using alphabet codes to teach pupils to write and spell.
“SUBEB also trained 122 French teachers and organised capacity building for special needs teachers and supervisors, which is the first recorded in Nigeria as supported by the Universal Basic Education Commission,” she said.
The governor’s wife said the recent conversion of 4, 850 ad hoc teachers as permanent teachers was also part of the efforts to improve the productivity of the teachers, which also attracted more enrollments.
Lalong urged HILWA, the brain child of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), to always advocate for the wellbeing of the girl child by ensuring that education services were being provided for in respect to human rights conditions.
“It is the desire of the state government to facilitate access to quality education for the Girl Child irrespective of the socio-economic status of the family and HILWA was established to improve girl child education,” she said.
Prof. Mathew Sule, the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said the board was committed to partnering HILWA to promote girl child education in Plateau.
“Improved structures are meant to attract more enrollment of the girl child and we are proud to say that only Plateau has achieved that feat in the country.
“We have four girl child model schools in Plateau in Bassa, Mikang, Barkin Ladi and Kanam Local Government Areas, where they are doing well in their studies and are at the stage of writing the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE),” he said.

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