My children will attend public schools if I become governor, says El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai

The gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress in Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has promised to ensure that political appointees and top civil servants enrol their children in public schools if elected governor.

Mr. El-Rufai, who promised to revamp public schools in Kaduna state, gave the assurance Monday while speaking as guest of Freedom Radio’s Hausa phone-in programme, ‘’Barka da War haka.’’

The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, said ‘’the most critical step is for leaders like us to enrol our children into public schools.’’

Mr. El Rufai recalled that he attended Local Education Authority Primary School Kawo, Kaduna, in the 60s along with children of elites like the late the then Minister of Education of Northern Region, Isa Kaita.

‘’So, if children of elites are in public schools, they will be forced to do all that is necessary to improve them, out of enlightened self-interest,’’ the governorship candidate argued.

The former Minister admitted that the law does not allow him force anyone to embrace this policy but promised to lead by example by putting his children into public schools.

The governorship candidate assured that his government will put teachers on a special salary scale which will be higher than that of other civil servants because he thinks this is the first step towards improving the education sector.

‘’The second step towards improving education in Kaduna state will be the upgrading of infrastructure and generally providing a conducive atmosphere for learning,’’ he added.

Mr. El -Rufai said that education will be at Primary to Junior Secondary School levels in Kaduna state, adding there will be no fees charged for the Parents Teachers Association.

The ex-Minister also said that students of Senior Secondary Schools will be in boarding house. He said there is need for this category of students to learn together instead of being distracted by video games and television at home.

The gubernatorial candidate said he does not promise that boarding schools will be free because he is not sure the financial status of Kaduna state can accommodate it, given what he termed the profligacy of the present administration.


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  • Lemmuel Odjay

    …and most of us would withdraw our children from schools abroad and find places for them in our schools at home to continue. It is possible, because it used to be that way before. Where there is the will…

  • Maitama Tambari

    Nasiru, where are your children attending school now? I read your book and majority of your children have completed tertiary institutions. Which children are you referring to? Yes you and I attended public school, you at Kawo, being a new one in Kaduna, I first, Primary School by the rail line going to Tudun Wada, Kaduna the Senior Primary School at Maiduguri Road where we attended from Tudun Wada with the President of Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Abubakar El Nafati Bukkachuwa, children of late Alhaji Aliyu Turakin Zazzau, Dini and Idowu, they were class mates, Rabiu Bako, Alhaji Enginerr Aminu Ali, Air Vice Marshal Maigari Audu Bida, Alhaji Abbas Mu’azu, Bida and Mu’azu being our class mates, Hassan Sani Kontagora and Engineer, our Seniors with one year while Bako with two years, to name a few. All my children attended Public School but now are abroad through my efforts because of my experience studying abroad after public schools in Nigeria, including Kaduna Polytechnic. Wishing you good luck.

  • Haruna Aliyu

    for your information some El-rufai children are steal in primary, infact some of his children are class mate of my children presently
    . so what he say i believe he mean it. please take it from him in goog faith.

  • NwaMbaise

    So unless he wins, his children will not attend public school? NIgerians will judge you and your cohort hypocrites.


      Yes unless he win how will he start imoroving the public schools?

  • Progress

    Commendable policy worthy of emulation by all other responsible governors.

  • Bigzy

    Which children is he talking about? The ones that are older than some headteachers that I know? This man fit say anything for political gains

    • Garden-City Boy

      …..but meanwhile, his children will continue in private schools. Not only is this El-Rufai very smart, he is also very slippery, more slippery than an eel. Was this not the guy that said to everybody that “Buhari is perpetually unelectable”? But he now follows the junk around, struggling hard to repackage the “perpetually unelectable” bag of liabilities. That somersault does not define El-Rufai as a morally smart and slippery after all. It shows how primordial paralysis took him over, crippling his instincts and sense of judgment. What do you think?

  • Tatafo

    What is this monumental hypocrisy? When you were an accidental public servant in BPE as DG; or even as Minister of the lucrative Federal Capital Territory, where did your children attend school? Haba, Mallam, has your telling and living a lie got to this state now?

  • Tatafo

    Nevertheless, I completely agree with those who say it will improve the public school system. If Jonathan’s children are in public schools, just like those of his Minister of Education and others, it will cause or force a change. If Borno’s Shettima and his commissioners had their children in public schools, there would be no need for a Safe Schools project. The Chibok girls would have been home today.