From Maiharaji Altine Gusau
Secondary schools in Zamfara State have been directed to include agricultural science-based subjects in their curriculum.
This was stated by the Commissioner of Education, Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi while inaugurating a School Farm Programme and E-Quality Assurance Training, organised by the State Universal Basic Education Board (ZSUBEB).
The commissioner said he was directed by Governor Bello Matawalle to ensure that all secondary schools in the state include Agricultural Science-based subjects in their curriculum.
The measure, according to the commissioner was to train students in various agricultural subjects so as to expose them to various agricultural opportunities in future.
“We are going to enforce the directives of the governor, we are going to make sure that all schools practice agricultural activities in the farms. Every student must be given a plot to farm in the school”..
On quality assurance E-training, the Commissioner charged the participants to give more attention to the training, advising them to judiciously utilize all the motorcycles and equipment given to them.
Also speaking at the occasion, the State Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr Aminu Sulaiman, described the School Farm programme as a welcome development in agriculture.
According to Suleiman, the importance of the program could never be estimated as it would help in food production and eradicate hunger.
Also speaking, the SUBEB Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Maradun, said the board would give serious attention to the two programmes.
The SUBEB chairman said the training would involve quality assurance officers from the 14 Local Government Areas of the state on effective supervision of schools in the state through modern technology.
Maradun maintained that the board had procured 17 motorcycles for School Support Officers, tablets for quality assurance officers and laptops, printers, and desktops were also purchased for Local Government Education Authorities.