The Kwara State Government on Friday, commended the Federal Government for adopting the new educational model, “Every Child Counts”.
In a statement issued by Dr Muyideen Akorede, SSA on Media and Communications to the state government, the state claimed that the model was first implemented by the State.
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It said that the model was first launched during the tenure of Dr Bukola Saraki as state governor and had been scaled up by his successor Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, announced that the Federal Government’s new education policy will be named ‘Every Child Counts’.
Kwara state government in the statement also urged other states to emulate the Federal Government by adopting the education policy and making sure every child is educated.
”The Kwara State Government commends the Federal Government for its adoption of the ‘Every Child Counts’ Education model Introduced in Kwara State ten years ago under the administration of His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
“’Every Child Counts’ was driven by the state government’s recognition of quality education as the bedrock of development and a tested pathway out of poverty.
“To that end, ‘Every Child Counts’ expanded access to quality education through improved teacher education, repositioning of Colleges of Education to enhance teaching quality, an experiential rather than instructional teaching at basic education level as well as setting and enforcing quality standards in public and private schools.
“The successor administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has since up scaled ‘Every Child Counts’ by abolishing tuition fees at Senior Secondary Schools, thus making pre-tertiary education free in the state.
“The state government also worked on improving school infrastructure, prioritizing Science and Technology, and establishing the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurial College, IVTEC, Ajase Ipo,” it read.