Education: Sokoto Assembly passes right to free and compulsory education law

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[Sokoto]–Sokoto State House of Assembly has passed right to education law which  seeks to provide free and compulsory education to all children irrespective of background.

According to Imam Imam, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s spokesperson, the passed law provides that all children between the ages of 6 to 18 gets compulsory education at government expense and severe punishment also  awaits any parents, or guardian who goes contrary to the requirement of the education law.

“Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has commended the Sokoto State House of Assembly for  passing the Right to Education law which seeks to provide free and compulsory basic education to all children in the state.

“The lawmakers deserve special praise considering the diligent manner they committed themselves to the passage of the important legislation.

“This is a key intervention in our effort to expand access to education in our dear state. The decision to pass this law has given us the necessary legal framework to push forward our policy of the state of emergency we declared in the sector over a year ago.

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“We commend especially members of the Assembly’s committee on education who showed enough zeal and determination to convince their colleagues to pass the bill at a record time.

“As the first state in Nigeria to make education a justifiable right, we hope to implement the provisions of the law to the letter.

“For us, the work on realising our objectives for the education sector has only just begun. We seek the support and cooperation of members of the public and all stakeholders, local and international, to enable us  provide quality and accessible education to our children.”

The new education law which is yet to get the Governor’s assent will also institutionalise  the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC), whose job is to ensure that public schools are properly supervised by parents and members of the public.

THE PAGE had earlier reported that a Federal high Court in Abuja had on Wednesday, March 01, 2017, ruled that both federal and state governments have constitutional duties to provide adequate funds for free education, as objection to this is a breach of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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