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The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo has expressed displeasure over the state of public schools in the state, declaring that the government owns about 420 worst schools in the state.
Soludo, made this known during a meeting with the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, in Abuja, expressed the desire of his administration to change the tide.
The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) expressed concern that public schools are the weakest among the four strata of educational provisions in the state.
With the state coming top in several academic competitions across the country, the governor, however, pointed out that “much of the laurels that we have been winning are being won by the other three and not the public schools.
‘We just recently compiled the 20 worst schools in each local council, and seeing 420 of them made me cry. And we decided to be intentionally focused to be able to lift the public education system,’ he said.
The governor called for strategic partnership among stakeholders in the education sector, stressing that to signal his administration’s commitment to rebuilding public education, it has paid the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Counterpart Funding from 2019, recruited 8,000 teachers and ended the era of Parents Teachers Association levy.
In another report, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State has called on Governor Chukwuma Soludo to stop attacking critics of his administration reminding him that the country is practicing democracy.
The PDP spokesman in Anambra, Uloka Chibuike, stated this in a press statement he issued on Tuesday.
He said the continued verbal assaults against critics and commentators suggested that the Soludo administration was ‘adrift and marooned’.
Chibuike said the governor should remember that he occupies a public position of trust and he should expect the people to demand accountability.