The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo has expressed displeasure over the state of public schools, revealing that the government owns about 420 worst schools in the state.
Soludo, who made the disclosure during a meeting with the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, in Abuja, expressed the desire of his administration to change the tide.
The governor expressed concern that public schools are the weakest among the four strata of educational provisions in the state.
With the state coming top in several academic competitions across the country, the governor, however, pointed out that “much of the laurels that we have been winning are being won by the other three and not the public schools.
“We just recently compiled the 20 worst schools in each local council, and seeing 420 of them made me cry. And we decided to be intentionally focused to be able to lift the public education system,” he added.
The governor called for strategic partnership among stakeholders in the education sector, stressing that to signal his administration’s commitment to rebuilding public education, it has paid the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Counterpart Funding from 2019, recruited 8,000 teachers and ended the era of Parents Teachers Association levy.