Bashir Ishaq, Kano Labour Party Gubernatorial Candidate has described the idea of free education as a deceptive and unachievable policy used as a tool by politicians to win votes during elections.
Ishaq who stated this while responding to questions at the 2023 town hall meeting with governorship candidates in Kano yesterday, organized by the Centre for Democratic Studies (CDS), Bayero University Kano, said, the idea cannot better the sector because is not feasible to sustain.
He insisted that parents should be committed in their children’s education which will consolidate government efforts at sustaining and promoting the sector. He maintained that if education is made free, it will never be efficient and standard.
“Free education is not feasible because if it is free it will suffer neglect and will not be good enough. There is a saying that you only find free cheese in the mouse trap.
“For there to be good education, the parents and the authorities must play their roles.
“Education can be subsidized to those who cannot afford it but cannot feasibly be made free” he stated.
While giving his vote of thanks, the Director CDS, Prof Habu Muhammad, promised that the centre will conduct another town hall meeting 100 days after any of the gurbernatorial candidates has been sworn in to confirm if he is on track as all the candidates in attendance submitted copies of their manifestos to the CDS.
Those in attendance were candidates of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).