The Plateau Government on Friday said it earmarked N6 billion for the renovation and construction of new facilities in 15 secondary schools in the state.
Mr. Nanle Dashe, the state Commissioner for Education, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that five schools were picked from each of the three senatorial districts for the project.
"This is the first phase of the infrastructural development the government intends to carry out in our schools; all their contracts have been awarded to various contractors.
"For now, 15 schools are already considered but three more are still pending, and as soon as the consultants are through with some issues concerning them, their contracts will be issued as well."
Dashe said three schools would be upgraded to science schools to serve each of the districts. He said the schools included GSS Kuru (North), GGSS Shendam (South) and former GSS Mangun (Central).
"Government College, Amper and Government College Pankshin, will only need renovation, fencing and landscaping as they have adequate structures."
Dashe said government's goal was to equip the schools with the desired facilities. The commissioner said furnishing would begin immediately after the renovation and reconstruction of the schools.
He called on wealthy individuals, non governmental organisations and corporate firms to support the effort at lifting the standard of education.