By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
THE state of emergency imposed on schools in Sokoto state has began to yield positive results across primary schools in the state following the introduction of a redesigned publications” Let’s Read” and “Mu Karanta” text books that seek to improve reading and general learning process of pupils in primary 1 to 3.
This, has hitherto, gingered Heads Teachers of schools to ensure proper and strict supervision of teaching and learning activities.
However, the development is sequel to the state government’s rapid response to the basic and immediate need to reposition especially the basic and Junior Secondary Schools education through active commitment of teaching personnel and proper administration of the system.
Accordingly, to place the purposeful aim on track of standard and promote quality, the state government under the Northern Education Initiative Plus in collaboration with USAID as a development partner rolled out two books titled: “Let’s Read! “and ” Mu Karanta ” respectively for distribution to primary schools in the state with a view to further demonstrate its vision for sound basic and quality education among pupils across the state.
To this end, schools in the state had since embraced the stride by setting the ball rolling to practically ensure teachers and pupils are going by the development.
A survey on one of the schools , Lugu primary school in Wamakko local government reveals that strict supervision of teachers and pupils attendance is effectively carried out.
A source in the school who spoke under anonymity said” Teachers report to the office of the HT first thing in the morning with lesson plans for scrutiny and certification before taking classes on respective subjects.
” During lesson hours, the HT make it a duty to go round and ensure that teachers are in their classes and doing the right thing.”
Similarly, a female teacher taking English who also refused to be mentioned said the introduction of the books have greatly helped to improve the reading and grammar of the pupils.
According to her” before this development, most of the pupils cannot speak, read nor form a word in English but now over 40% of them can do that including writing their names. This initiative has boosted the morale of the pupils especially with the drawing signs in the book making it interesting and easier for them to learn and understand.
Also, a Hausa teacher told The Nation that in the past, it was difficult for them to even read and arrange alphabets into words in hausa. Now even a primary 3 pupil can write a short letter in hausa”,
However, teachers have expressed appreciation to Governor Tambuwal’s commitment to the implementation of the emergency approach while hoping that the state government will consider their welfare, promotion and annual increment accordingly.