Kano Education Budget: 30% Allocated, But Bargi Primary School Left Behind

The Kano State Government has increased the number of school intakes with its free and compulsory basic education programme, and the state budget for education under Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf for the year 2024 is N95 billion. This represents roughly 30% of the total proposed budget of N350 billion for the state.

Despite increased budgetary allocations, public schools are struggling, with resources failing to reach classrooms. This has resulted in a decline in educational quality, raising concerns among parents and teachers.

While the Kano State government has reportedly increased its education budget, stakeholders claim these funds are not being effectively utilized at the school level. This lack of transparency and accountability has led to a shortage of essential supplies, inadequate infrastructure, and underpaid teachers, all contributing to a failing educational system.

Bargi, a dusty village approximately 106 kilometers south of Kano State, dreams of educating its children. However, those dreams are crumbling along with the walls of the village’s only primary school, the community’s sole hope for learning.

The dire conditions at Bargi Primary School in Kiru Local Government have sparked a wave of concern and anger among community leaders and parents.

Built in 1976, the primary school has seen no maintenance over the decades and now stands as a symbol of neglect, with only two usable classrooms and crumbling infrastructure.

The school’s deteriorating state has driven parents with means to transfer their children to schools in neighboring villages such as Tiga, Gajale, and Rahama, located 10 to 15 kilometers away. Those unable to afford the cost of transportation and the logistics of moving their children face the grim reality of having their children out of school.

“The situation at Bargi Primary School is unacceptable and a clear neglect of our children’s right to quality education. The classrooms are falling apart, there are no chairs or desks, and the children are forced to sit on the bare floor. How can we expect them to learn under such conditions?” Said Malam Sale Sarki, a youth leader.

CITAD Radio learned that Bargi Primary School, which has only one headmaster and one teacher, is struggling to provide even the most basic education to its students. With the limited staff, managing the large number of pupils has become an insurmountable challenge.

The lack of infrastructure further exacerbates the problem, as the remaining two classrooms are overcrowded and ill-equipped for effective learning.

Parents like Malam Saleh Halliru, who cannot afford to send their children to schools in other villages, are particularly distraught. “My children are at home now because there is no place for them to learn. It’s heartbreaking because education is the only way out of poverty for many of us,” he lamented.

“We need the government to prioritize the renovation of Bargi Primary School and to provide the necessary resources for our children’s education. This is not just about infrastructure; it’s about the future of our children and our community,” urged Halliru.

Addressing the complaints, Malam Ayuba Gajale, the local education secretary of Kiru local government, admitted the problem to CITAD Radio, attributing the school’s condition to the previous administration.
“The challenges faced by the school are among those we inherited,” he explained.

The local education secretary of Kiru local government, Malam Ayuba Gajale, said the interim management officer of Kiru, Hon. Abdulazeez Sulaiman Tsaudawa, directed immediate action in tackling the problems Bargi Primary School is facing.

“The Kiru IMO, Hon. Abdulazeez Sulaiman Tsaudawa, has directed us to go to Bargi Primary School together with Supervisory Councilor of Education Hamisu Nuhu Yako, and see the situation, and we have already submitted the preliminary report to the council.”

Gajale also explained that the most effort of the Abba Kabir Yusuf administration is to support girls’ education and encourage parents to send their daughters to school.

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