REPORTER: BEN ILECHUKWU
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has announced free education for pupils and students in public nursery, primary and junior secondary schools across the state.
Governor Soludo, who stated this during news conference on free education at Obosi and Onitsha, noted that his administration was launching a massive revolution that would ensure that government schools become models for others.
The Governor noted with regret that public school system had suffered great infrastructure decay.
He pledged to revamp the education system, especially through the provision of infrastructure and recruitment of qualified teachers among others.
The Governor, while describing education as the foundation of every society, reeled out his administration’s mission of producing human capital that is productive at home and exportable with education as the equalizer.
He expressed the determination to bridge the gap between public and the private schools through the provision of opportunity equalizer for the rich and poor children.
The Governor who expressed dismay with the lack of play grounds for the pupils in Premier Primary School Obosi and other schools in the state, warned land grabbers who develop on lands meant for schools to prepare for prosecution if they failed to restore those pieces of land.
The Head Teacher, Premier Primary School, Mrs. Bibian Ugoji, while thanking the Governor for the visit, narrated the challenges they faced
They ranged from poor perimeter fence, dilapidated classrooms to bad access roads.
Also during a visit to Ado Girls Secondary School, Onitsha, Governor Soludo promised to pay the first term school fees of all senior secondary school students and the reduce their school fees to N5000.
In a welcome address, the School Principal of Ado Girls Secondary School, Mrs. Jennifer Okechukwu, lauded the Governor for his giant strides in the education sector by employing five thousand teachers into the Anambra State school system.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU