The Delta State Government has approved the establishment of 18 new secondary and five primary schools in rural and riverine communities that had no public schools in the state.
The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Tony Nwaka, who stated this when he appeared before the state House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation with parastatals under his ministry to defend its 2015 budget estimates, said N2.5 billion is required for the building of the new schools.
Dr. Nwaka said the construction of the new 18 secondary and five primary schools will include classrooms and administrative blocks.
He stated that the approval was in furtherance of state government’s determination to fully implement the compulsory free basic education policy of the present administration.
Nwaka noted that the establishment of the schools was intended to address the issue of access to education for children in riverine and rural communities and to reduce the out-of-school malaise.
He told the committee that some of the emphasis of the ministry’s capital budget for 2015 include adequate provisions for ongoing projects, upgrading and expansion of three new technical colleges in the state as well as provision of furniture, ICT facilities, vehicles for school inspection and project monitoring and sustenance of the computer based test introduced in August 2014.