Monday, September 23, 2019 10:23 am
Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Monday enrolled his six year old son, Abubakar Al-Siddique, as a pupil of Capital School, a public primary school in Kaduna.
The governor said the decision to enroll his son in a public school, contrary to practice by his peers who send their children to expensive private schools in Nigeria and abroad was in fulfillment of a promise he made in 2017.
He also said the decision demonstrates strong commitment of his government to fix public education and raise the standard of public schools so that private education will become only a luxury.
Writing on his tweeter handle @elrufai, the Governor said, On 28 Dec 2017, Malam Nasir @elrufai stated that “I will by personal example ensure that my son that will be six years of age in 2019 will be enrolled in a public school in Kaduna State, by God’s grace.”
“Abubakar Al-Siddique El-Rufai has today enrolled as a Primary One pupil of Kaduna Capital School
Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i had in a state broadcast in December 2017, promised to enroll his child in a public school when he turns six years.
“The move is part of reforms to revamp public schools in the state to make them more competitive.
“We are determined to fix public education and raise their standards so that private education will become only a luxury.
“As we make progress, we will require our senior officials to enroll their children in public schools.
“And I will by personal example ensure that my son that will be six years of age in 2019 will be enrolled in a public school in Kaduna State, by God’s grace,” El-Rufa’i had said.
Briefing newsmen shortly after he enrolled the child, El-Rufa’i explained that it was a commitment that had been fulfilled.
“I made that commitment because I believe that it is only when all political leaders have their children in public schools that we will pay due attention to quality of public education.
“I went to a public school like this. In fact, the school I went to is not as good as this one, but here I am, because of the quality teaching I got.
“My intention is to ensure that all our public schools offer quality education, and so we are encouraging all our senior public servants to send their children to public schools.
“Once the public schools are improved to a point they are nearly as good or even better than private schools, no one will waste his money taking his child to private school,” he said.
Ummi El-Rufa’i, the mother of the child said: “l am glad that we are able to send a strong message to our leaders and the elites, that we need to start making things work from within our homes.
“By the time we start attending public hospitals and send our children to public schools, the system will get better. This is a very huge step,” she said.
On his part, the little child said: “I am sad that I will miss my old school, my friends and my teachers. But I have to help my father keep his promise.”
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