Monday, August 15, 2016

You Are Free To Leave Kaduna If You Are Not Interested In Sending Your Child To School, El-Rufai Tells Parents

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said parents who are not ready to send their child/children to school are free to leave the State. He says the rate of illiteracy among the children is very high and his administration won;t tolerate that. He stated this at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, during the screening of the “He named me Malala,” documentary organised by his wife, Hadiza El-Rufai.

“You can leave Kaduna State if you don’t want to send your child to school next month. No street begging again. All our children must go to school. Any parent who refuses to send his or her child to school will be prosecuted and send to prison.”

His administration has also awarded scholarships to 40 girls to study Medicine in Uganda as a way of encouraging girl-child education. Also speaking at the occasion El-Rufai’s wife said;

 “I wish to start by thanking all of you for coming to this screening of the ‘He named me Malala Documentary.’ While most of us know Malala as the 19-year-old Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, it is important to know where her journey started.

“Malala was just a regular Pakistani girl  with a penchant for education until in 2012 when her pursuit for education resulted in her being shot and put in a coma. The attack received worldwide condemnation, she has since recovered from the tragedy and has  translated this tragedy to worldwide advancements in girl child education.

“In Kaduna State, we are working assiduously to create opportunities, the percentage of girls out of school is way too high and this is a problem we have decided to solve. In cognisance of this, we are working hard to increase female enrolment in good schools, improve school  curriculum and make affordable health care available for everyone.”