The Kaduna State Government has inaugurated a committee to develop a policy that will guide the operations of private schools in the state.
The development of the policy is being supported by the Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) programme, a seven-year Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office education programme.
Inaugurating the committee in Kaduna yesterday, Acting Director-General, Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority (KSSQAA), Hajiya Adama Wada, said the move was to sanitise the operations of private schools in the state.
She said the committee would act on behalf of KSSQAA in developing a policy that would ensure adequate regulation and minimum standards in all private schools across the state.
The committee will be co-chaired by representatives of the state government and the citizens, in line with the ‘Open Government Partnership’ principle of co-creation and co-implementation.
While the Deputy Director, Private School Department, KSSQAA, Hajiya Fatima Oneminute, was nominated government’s co-chair, Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Kaduna State Chapter, Mr Ja’afaru Riyoji, will represent the citizens.
Also, Mr Ibrahim Nabayi, representing the Parent-Teacher Association and Mrs Mercy Kude, Deputy Director, Public Schools, Ministry of Education, were nominated as co-secretaries.
Mr Mohammed Ismaila of Bureau of Interfaith and Mr Philip Yatai of News Agency of Nigeria was nominated as Public Relation Officers.
Presenting the terms of reference, Mr Mohammed Bello, Director, Private School Department, KSSQAA, said that the committee was expected to produce a draft policy that would be acceptable to all stakeholders.
He said part of the committee’s responsibilities was also to complete the draft policy between July and August and process it for approval between October and November.
Bello added that the committee would work with PLANE to carry out stakeholder consultations to generate relevant information and data for the drafting of the policy document.
“The committee will establish sub-committees to work on sections of the agreed policy framework, structure and template, and incorporate gender equality and social inclusion concepts into the policy.
“The committee is also expected to develop a work plan to produce the draft policy document and present it to KSSQAA and PLANE for review and input.
“It is also the responsibility of the committee to organise stakeholders’ review and validation of the draft policy, in collaboration with KSSQAA and PLANE,” he said.
On behalf of the members of the committee, Oneminute thanked the state government and PLANE for the opportunity given to them to serve, and pledged that the assignment would be delivered within the stipulated period.
Mr Mubarak Siraj, State Reform Facilitator, PLANE, said the programme was designed to invest in a more inclusive and effective education system in Nigeria.
Siraj said the programme would be implemented in 734 schools across six local government areas of the state—Kaduna South Local Government Area, 37 schools and Kaduna North Local Government Area, 63 schools.
Others, according to her, are 100 schools in Jaba, 189 schools in Sanga, 281 in Soba and 64 schools in the Sabon Gari council area.
He said PLANE was aimed at supporting a more inclusive and effective education system to deliver foundational skills, where state and non-state basic education providers would ensure better learning outcomes for school children, including the marginalised ones