Why Governor Elrufai Enrols Son In Public Primary School

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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has enrolled his six-year-old son, Abubakar Al-Siddique, in primary one at Capital School, Malali, a public school.

This is in fulfilment of the promise he made in 2017.

The governor was on Monday accompanied by his wife, Aisha Ummi, to the school where their son began his primary education.

In 2017, Governor El-Rufai, speaking as a guest of Freedom Radio’s Hausa phone-in programme, “Barka da War haka”, said he would revamp public schools and promised to enrol his child in a public school when he turns six.

The governor said: “The move is part of reforms to revamp public schools and make them more competitive.

“We are determined to fix public education and raise its standard so that private education will become only a luxury.

“As we make progress, we will require our senior officials to enrol their children in public schools.

“I will by personal example ensure that my son, who will turn six in 2019, will be enrolled in a public school in Kaduna State, by God’s grace.”

Briefing reporters after he enrolled his child, El-Rufa’i said it was a commitment that had been fulfilled.

“I made that commitment because I believe that it is only when political leaders have their children in public schools that we will pay attention to the quality of public education.

“I went to a public school like this. In fact, the school I attended is not as good as this one, but here I am, because of the quality teaching I got.

“My intention is to ensure that our public schools offer quality education. So we are encouraging our senior public servants to send their children to public schools.

“Once public schools are improved and are nearly as good or even better than private schools, no one will waste his money taking his child to a private school,” he said.

Ummi, the child’s mother, said: “I am glad that we are able to send a strong message to our leaders and the elite that we need to start making things work from our homes.

“By the time we start attending public hospitals and sending our children to public schools, the system will get better. This is a very huge step.”

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