The ongoing Annual School Census in Kogi has recorded a huge compliance from both public and private schools in Lokoja.
Our reporter who monitored the census on Thursday in Lokoja, noted that many schools principals, proprietors, and head teachers were seen returning the completed forms for submission.
Mr Kazim Abdulmalik, the Education Secretary, Lokoja LGA, told newsmen that the process of the 2019 school census was interesting, saying the principals and head teachers of both primary and secondary schools complied with all the instructions.
Abdulmalik added that the private schools were also cooperating with them and those few who were yet to comply, had been reached out to through phones to come and submit their forms.
”We make sure every completed form goes through a thorough check by enumerators for corrections where necessary, to ensure each form is properly filled, before it is admitted.
”Everything has been orderly since we started this week and today we have continued to receive the completed forms back from the school managers.
”For now, we have been able to cover upto 85 per cent of both private and public primary and secondary schools out of over 450 schools in Lokoja.
”There are no hitches on materials issue because adequate provision is made,” abdulmalik said.
The Area Education Evaluator, Lokoja LGA, told newsmen that there was improvement in the process and compliance compared to the 2018 annual school census.
”The school managers especially the private schools have improved in filling the forms compared to the previous year, so far, they are complying,” he said.
Mr Lawal Dogara, the principal of LGEA School Serki Noma, told newsmen that he had filled all the necessary information required in the form and he was awaiting for his turn for submission.
He commended the state government for its efforts in improving education in the state, urging the commissioner to sustain the tempo.
”We can see many renovation work going on in some schools including my school ‘LGEA School Serki Noma, which makes it to look like a higher institution,” dogara said.
Mrs Ify Nwanka, a head teacher of Rainbow International School, praised the federal and state governments and the commissioner for bringing home the census.
She urged other private schools who were yet to comply to do so, saying it would help to improving on many things in the school and educational system.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Secondary Education, Mr Dele Iselewa, rated the census as ‘excellent’ because the principals and head teachers of schools fully complied, saying there was no deficiency.
Iselewa commended the supervisors and the directors in the ministry for adequate scrutiny and vetting of the forms before submission.
The field work for the 2019 annual school census, which was inaugurated on April 15, would end today April 8.