jigawa State

State Fact File


4.4 million

Main Languages:

Hausa, Fulfude and Kanuri

Main Tribes:

Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri

State Capital:


Geographical Location:

North-Western Nigeria

Interesting Facts:

Jigawa is fondly known as the New World. The name aptly captures its paradoxical blend of the new and the old.

Jigawa Reform Agenda Summary

State Ministry

Helping States make better use of their own resources to plan, manage, deliver and monitor services is at the heart of ESSPIN. We will help States plan on the basis of better management information, reform their inspection services, improve the training and deployment of teachers and get better value for money from procurement of buildings and materials. We?ll focus particularly on public financial management, complementing SPARC's work with Ministries of Planning and Budgeting. In Northern Nigeria we will help States integrate the teaching of a basic curriculum into Islamiyah and Quranic schools. In Lagos, we will help the State improve regulation and inspection of private sector schools.


Two thirds of ESSPIN's resources will provide technical assistance to Government. The remainder will help underpin the transformation of government systems by providing resources to show what a reformed education system can do and creating incentives for further reform. This will include support for water and sanitation facilities, provision of educational materials, some infrastructure improvements and innovative ways of getting operating resources directly to schools and communities.


Building up government capacity and providing help to schools and communities is only part of the story: ESSPIN will also work with communities, civil society, the media and political representatives to share information, agree service standards and build up demand for better services. In particular, we will help School Based Management Committees to have a bigger influence in school management and improvement. ESSPIN will work alongside PAVS to build broad coalitions for reform in the education sector.

Key Facts Based on the 2009/10 Annual School Census

  • Approx 24% of Urban Primary Schools and 17% of rural one’s in the State run double shifts
  • There are over 487,600 primary school children in Jigawa State (41.1% Female 58.9% Male)
  • In Senior Secondary School there approx 58,200 enrolled, 35.7% of whom are girls
  • There are approx 13,825 primary school teachers employed, 1,725 of whom are female.
  • The Jigawa primary pupil/teacher ratio is 34:1 and 96:1 when considering only qualified teachers
  • At SSS level the pupil teacher ratio is 45:1 and the pupil to qualified teacher ratio of 521
  • Approx 17% of all teachers in the State received training in the last 12 months.
  • There are approx 7,640 primary classrooms, 86.4% of which are usable. (Approx 71 pupils per classroom in primary).
  • 33.2% of primary classrooms have sufficient seating and 45.4% have a good blackboard
  • 53.6% of primary schools have no source of safe water
  • 75.2% of primary schools have no toilet. The average pupil to toilet ratio is 317:1. The worst LGA for pupil to toilet ratio at primary level is Jahun LGA with a ratio of 1980 pupils per toilet.

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