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FG copied my 10-year-old child policy in Kwara –Saraki

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President of the Senate , Dr . Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the President Muhammadu Buhari -led Federal Government for adopting the “ Every Child Counts ” education policy initiated by his administration 10 years ago when he was the governor of Kwara State.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Yusuph Olaniyonu , Saraki applauded the government for sharing his decade- old vision for education reform , which he claimed was initiated to resuscitate public education in Kwara State.

Saraki called on other states across the nation to study and emulate the Kwara State model , while also commending his successor , Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed , for sustaining the model .

“ Right now , we must look beyond our political affiliations to address the issues that are important to our people . Other states across the nation should key into the success of the Kwara State model , as the Federal Government has done , to ensure that we not only get our students back in the classroom , but to also improve the quality of their education through strategic and holistic reforms, ” he said .

Saraki said the policy was aimed at ensuring an improvement in teaching quality across the state and building strong educational institutions through the development of the Ministry of Education , the Teaching Service Commission and the Education Management Information System.

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He said , “ I commend the Federal Government for adopting and modifying the ‘ Every Child Counts’ programme that we began in Kwara State in 2008 for the entire country . This shows that this administration values such time- tested ideas that leave positive impact on the lives of our people , especially our young children .

“ Right now , our nation is suffering from a rising epidemic . We have over 10 . 5 million out – of- school children across the country . In order to systematically and strategically cut down on this number , we must work to implement the ‘ Every Child Counts ’ policy across the country . ”

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