Bill seeking 35% positions for women in Katsina education system scales 2nd reading


A bill seeking for 35 per cent women participation in education decision making positions has scaled first and second reading before the Katsina State House of Assembly.

The bill scaled the readings during the assembly’s plenary on Tuesday in Katsina, presided over by its Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu-Tafoki.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill was presented before the assembly by the Chairman of the house committee on education, Alhaji Mustapha Rabe-Musa.

According to Rabe-Musa, if women were given 35 per cent positions in education management, it will encourage the enrollment of more girl children in schools.

He added that with more female teachers, head teachers and principals, the female students will feel comfortable in schools and also perform better.

The lawmaker added that in most cases, parents don’t allow their girl children to continue with their education in schools with few female teachers or principals.

He, therefore, called on the house to look at the implications of low women participation in the management of education in the state and consider the bill.

After a series of deliberations by the lawmakers, the house presented the bill to the house committee on education to scrutinize it and report back in two weeks.

NAN recalls that recently during a round table meeting with the lawmakers and an NGO, ‘High Level Women Advocate (HILWA) sought the enactment of the law. ‘

Dr Binta Ado, one of the HILWA officials said currently, pre-primary school teachers in the state are 987, out of which 508 are males, while 479 are females, which gives female 49 per cent.

She added: “Public primary schools have 24,194 teachers, out of which 18,060 are males, while only 6,134 are females, giving us only 25 per cent females.

“Then, Junior Secondary School (JSS), we have 4,943 teachers, out of which 3,954 are males, while only 989 are female teachers, giving us just 20 per cent.

“And at the Junior Secondary Schools (SSS), we have 4,872, out of which 4,031 are males and 841 are females, making 17 per cent for females.

”This is the current annual school census in the state.”

According to her, the overall aggregate for females in this section is 28 per cent, adding that the same thing was happening in all sections of the education sector in the state.

 She pointed out that Katsina is one of the five states that are backward in enrollment, retention, transition and completion of school, especially among the girl children.

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