Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Monday, enrolled his six-year-old child, Abubakar Al-Siddique El-Rufai, into primary one in Capital School Malali, Kaduna, a public school, in fulfillment of a promise he made in 2017.
El-Rufai had in a state broadcast in December 2017, promised to enroll his child in a public school when he turns six years, yans recalls.
According to reports, the governor said the move was part of reforms to revamp public schools in the state to make them more competitive.
El-Rufai had said: “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.” Briefing newsmen shortly after he enrolled the child, El-Rufa’i explained that it was a commitment that had fulfilled.
He said: “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,” he wrote.
The governor took to his official Twitter account to announce that he has enrolled his son into primary one class of the Kaduna Capital School.
He tweeted: “Abubakar Al-Siddique El-Rufai has today enrolled as a Primary One pupil of Kaduna Capital School.”
“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.”
“Reforming the Education sector in Kaduna is a continuing struggle against decades of neglect. But the @elrufai govt has a strong commitment to fix public education and raise the standard of public schools so that private education will become only a luxury.”