Kaduna State government has approved the disbursement of N81million to 13 researchers to enable them to study the various aspects of education reforms in the state.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye yesterday, said the decision was taken by the State Executive Council which was presided over by Gov. Nasir el-Rufa’i. Adekeye said the Commissioner of Education, Shehu Usman Muhammad had briefed the Council that 13 proposals were selected from the 75 that were submitted.
The Ministry had issued an invitation for expression of research interest in October last year and 75 researchers had indicated interest; the statement quoted the Commissioner as saying. The Special Adviser pointed out that “the proposals were evaluated by a 12-member committee presided over by Prof. Ben Chindo, of Kaduna State University. “The committee selected 13 research proposals for the award of grants,” he added.
Adekeye further said, “The selected research proposals comprise those that cover topics such as Higher Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Impact of ICT on Learning Outcomes and the Development of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), e-Literacy Platform for Secondary Education in Kaduna State”.
The Special Adviser stated that “since 2015, the el-Rufa’i administration has pursued a policy that promotes equal opportunity through investments in human capital development.