The Yobe State’s Technical Committee on the Revitalization of Basic and Secondary Education has begun the audit and verification of primary and secondary school teachers to ascertain their certifications and training needs as part of effort to reposition education service delivery in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the audit and verification committee has been segmented into subcommittees and put under prominent education professionals from the academia to ensure effective and early completion of the exercise.
The Teachers’ Audit and Verification Committee under Prof. Mala Daura disclosed that the audit would not only determine the qualifications of the teachers but also seek to determine their number and ratio per student in each school.
The chairman of the subcommittee in charge of Tarmuwa, Bursari and Jakusko local government areas, Prof. Musa Alabe, said his subcommittee would visit all primary and secondary schools in the three councils to ascertain the actual number of teachers.
According to him, his committee would as well as verify those that are qualified or not unqualified to teach and make appropriate recommendations to the state government.
The Professor, therefore, revealed that his committee had already audited over 200 teachers while other 800 more are expected to be audited and verified in the coming days.
Mr Alabe said that the committee would also determine those that can be retained or retention as teachers, adding that those found to be lacking in basic teaching methodology and knowhow will be recommended for transfer out of the teaching profession to appropriate sections of the civil service.
“I am right now in Dapchi headquarters of Bursari local government area with my team and our mandate is to look into the profiles of teachers, interview them, subject them to some simple tests, etc. so as to determine their appropriate placement in the teaching profession,” Mr Alabe said.
The chairman of the subcommittee expressed dismay over the number of unqualified teachers in the primary and secondary schools they have visited so far, assured that no one will be retrenched as a result of the exercise.
He also stressed that what is needed is to ensure the presence and availability of the best and qualified teachers who can provide quality education and mentorship to their pupils and students.
Mr Alabe also observed that based on the cooperation that they have been receiving from both the teachers and local government councils, the report of his subcommittee will be ready for submission to the main committee in the next two weeks.
“We hope that in two weeks from now, the picture will be clear. We will know clearly the state of manpower in the primary and secondary schools in the areas under our charge, the state of teacher qualifications and what the state government needs to do to fill the gaps,” he said.