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Sunday 4 October 2020

Agriculture Now a Compulsory Subject in Secondary Schools; Zamfara Govt Declares

 In the light to enhance the state agricultural sector, The Zamfara State Government has directed all Secondary Schools in the state to include Agricultural Science-based subjects in their curriculum.


This was made known by the State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, while

inaugurating a School Farm Programme and E-Quality Assurance Training, organized by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).


Abdullahi said, “Governor Bello Matawalle has directed me to ensure that all secondary schools in the state should include Agricultural Science-based subjects in their curriculum”.


“This measure is to train students in various agricultural subjects for them to be exposed to various agricultural opportunities and make them agricultural experts in the 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 assigned least 2 meters of land to farm.


In his remark, the State Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Aminu Sulaiman, described the School Farm programme as a welcome development in agriculture.


Sulaiman, represented by the Director of Fisheries and Horticultulure in the ministry, Aliyu Umar, said the programme can never be underestimated as it would help in food production and eradicate hunger.


“We are going to support schools under this programme with capacity building,” he assured. Officials of the National Air Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA), who spoke at the occasion, said the Agency was committed and ready to support the programme.


 The SUBEB chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Maradun, said the board is giving serious attention to the two programmes.


Maradun said the E-quality assurance programme involves effective supervision of schools, saying “We are going to train quality assurance officers from 14 Local Government Areas on effective supervision of schools in the state through modern technology. ”We have procured 17 motorcycles for School Support Officers (SSOs), Tablets for quality assurance officers, while Laptops, printers, and desktops are meant for Local Government Education Authorities.


“On the School Farm Programme, we are providing dry season farming equipment to 26 schools across the state to implement the programmes,” he explained.

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