The driver of the bus conveying them also died in the crash which occurred at about 11.00 am. The 18-seater bus had a head on collision with an articulated vehicle carrying tomatoes. It was in Tsaida village in Gaya Local Government Council.
The pupils were headed for a radio station on excursion.
Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Kano State, Kabir Ibrahim-Daura, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the 22 students and their driver died while three others sustained serious injuries.
“Of the 22 students, 12 are males while the remaining 10 are females.
“Two of the injured were taken to Gaya General Hospital while the remaining one has been referred to a Specialist Hospital in Kano,” he said.
Ibrahim-Daura said all the bodies had been deposited at the Gaya General Hospital.
An eyewitness account said both the bus and the truck were trying to avoid pot holes at Samia Uku village when the accident occurred.
The eyewitness Ibrahim Adamu said there is an ongoing road construction in the area.
”The bus was on high speed and same with the trailer before the driver of the bus lost control and collided with the truck”