The poor standard of education in Borno state should be blamed for the inability of the rescued Chibok schoolgirls to express themselves in good English, the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has said.
The governor made this known in Abuja on Tuesday while speaking at a ceremony organised by a feminine rights advocacy group, Girl Child Concerns, to celebrate the graduation of 42 Chibok girls and 31 indigent girls drawn from Kaduna, Plateau and Borno states.
Governor Shettima, who spoke on the back of concern expressed by many Nigerians over the girls’ poor command of English, maintained that the girls deserved ovation for even trying at all.
Speaking in defense of the girls, the governor said:
“You must have heard some of these girls speak. It is often said that it is only those who have been in the deepest valley that would appreciate when they are on top the mountain.
“If we knew where they were coming from, they deserve a standing ovation.”
Shettima also said that education was at a dismal state as at the time he assumed office, emphasising that only N20 million was spent on feeding per month for 76 secondary schools.
“Then, I went to Government Girls Secondary School, Maiduguri, with a student population of 2,500. I asked the principal how much they were getting for feeding and she said N1.2 million per month. I did a breakdown and it came to N5 per student, per meal, discounting leakages and N5 cannot even buy a sachet of water,” he said.