Niger govt Uncovers 4,000 Unqualified Teachers

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teachersNiger State Government has said it uncovered no fewer than 4,000 unqualified teachers in its service across the state. However, they will not be laid off. They are rather given an option to go and retrain immediately and come back for re-absorption.

Governor Sani Bello disclosed this, following the report he received from the committee set up on the headcount of teachers in public schools in the state, at the Government House, Minna.

The governor said from the report he received indicating that there were 80 percent, qualified teachers, in the state, the development was commendable and encouraging.

“The outcome of the headcount of teachers by the committee set up shows that there are 80 percent qualified teachers in our service is encouraging and commendable.

“The number of unqualified teachers,(4,000) is high but we will not sack them but rather give them an option to go back to school for retraining and come back into the service in order to ensure quality education in public schools in the state.”

Governor Bello directed  Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane to set up an implementation committee on the findings made by the committee.

“Let us identify our teachers and see how we can support them because there are indications that our teachers are suffering,” he remarked.

He said the implementation committee should be drawn from the Ministry of Education, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, and state Universal Basic Education, SUBEB, urging the committee to carry out their functions without sentiments but rather pay attention to areas where there were few schools so that they will get more and should be close to communities.

Chairman of the Technical Committee on the Teachers Headcount,  Labaran Garba, while presenting the report explained that there were 3,135 primary schools across the state with a total of 24, 061 teachers out of which 19, 358 are qualified while 4,703 were unqualified.

He also revealed that the state has 498 secondary schools with 6, 870 teachers of which 962 were unqualified.


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