The Niger State government has uncovered 5,665 unqualified teachers in primary and secondary schools across the state.
This was revealed by the chairman of the technical committee on the teachers’ headcount, Labaran Garba when he presented the report of 2022 headcount to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in Government House, Minna.
He explained that, “Out of a total of 24, 061 teachers in 3, 135 primary schools, 4, 703 were unqualified while 962 teachers out of 6, 870 teachers in 498 secondary schools in the state were also unqualified.
“1, 276 local government education administrative staff members were with teaching qualifications.”
The committee suggested that the teachers’ headcount be conducted every three years so as to achieve an effective and efficient educational planning in the state.
The governor while receiving the report assured the qualified teachers of due attention. He ordered that the unqualified teachers be taken out of the system or be given an option to go back to school and acquire the necessary qualifications needed for teaching.
He admitted that teachers were suffering due to poor working conditions and promised to give them the necessary support to motivate them.
“The number of unqualified teachers is high – over 4,000. We should take them out but we can also give them the option to be trained and come back,” the Governor said.
Governor Bello directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, to constitute an implementation committee on the recommendations of headcount committee immediately. He also commended the committee for a job well done.