The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commenced the rehabilitation of 31 public schools and provision of free exercise books to students across the state.
He said the step was a signal to the beginning of a new era for the education sector in the state.
Speaking at the commencement of the rehabilitation exercise in Baboko Community Secondary School, Ilorin, where three blocks of six classrooms are to be fully rehabilitated and fixed with modern ICT facilities, he said the rehabilitation of the school is to last six weeks.
The governor said the 31 schools are the first phase of the rehabilitation, which is required to gradually guarantee decent learning environment for the children.
The school rehabilitation commenced barely an hour after AbdulRazaq supervised the distribution of 932,572 free copies of customised 20, 40 and 80 leaves exercise books to public school students in the state.
He said he has approved the payment of N30.5 million penalties imposed on some schools in Kwara for malpractices in the last year secondary school leaving examination.
“The lack of conducive learning environment and longstanding failure to properly fund education – we last accessed UBEC fund in 2013- can explain rampant incidents of examination malpractices. We are working to end this menace and return Kwara to the top of the table in the north central and beyond.