The High-Power Committee for Verification and Collection of Biometric Data of Employees in the Local Education Administration in Born found that 60 percent of primary school teachers in the state did not have the required teacher qualifications.
The chairman of the board, dr. Shettima Kulima, announced this on Wednesday in Maiduguri, submitting a report to the committee of Governors Babagani Zulum at the Government House.
According to Kulima, of the 26,250 examined, only 10,103 possessed the required teacher qualifications.
Kulima explained that during the screening, the board discovered anomalies such as staff with false certificates, those who should have retired but refused to go, suspicious letters of appointment, underage teachers and those working in multiple positions.
“Some work in two or three places; The Biu local government area leads in the number of such workers.
“The Maiduguri Metropolitan Council is in the lead among the workers with false certificates, about 700 of them, followed by the local administration of Jere with 336.
“The Konduga local government area has the largest number of those who have questionnaires about appointments, while Ngala leads with underage employees,” Kulima said.
He noted that the committee made 30 recommendations, including motivating staff to rehabilitate primary education in the state.
Kulima said that the board managed to reduce the monthly amount of teachers’ salaries in primary schools after the screening from N693.1 million to N427.8 million.
Upon receiving the report, the governor praised the committee for its thorough work and assured it of its administration’s commitment to rehabilitating the system.
Stressing that education is the basis for development, Zulum said his administration placed education highly and would not compromise quality, especially at the primary school level.
“I assure you that the government will engage in hiring quality staff, and we will ensure the motivation of teachers.
“One of your recommendations is staff motivation, we will give you the responsibility to look for diligent teachers for the award,” Zulum said.
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