Committee recommends employment of 3, 500 female teachers for Sokoto
Sokoto State requires additional 9,000 teachers to meet the global standard of 1:40 teacher-pupil ratio at the primary school level, a government committee set up by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has found out.
Of this number, 3, 500 have been recommended to be females in other to serve as role models for girls and thereby boost girl-child education.
It was also recommended that 11,863 more primary school classrooms are required to decongest the existing ones in order to create a conducive atmosphere for learning.
Presenting an interim report to the governor in Sokoto, chairman of the technical committee on state of emergency in education in the state, Professor Risqua Arabu Shehu, said with a total of 1,193,760 pupils enrolled at basic education level for the 2015/2016 academic session, the teacher-pupil/student ratio in the state presently stands at 1:66.
According to the report, even though there is fairly a large percentage of teachers with high qualifications in primary schools, over 60 per cent of them do not possess the required certification to teach at basic education level, while about 60 per cent of teachers in junior secondary schools are teaching in urban areas, leaving rural areas under-staffed.
It added that there exist more teachers in arts and social sciences than sciences, English language and mathematics.
As a way out of the problem, the committee urged the government to embark on recruitment of more teachers, with more emphasis on female teachers, who will serve as role models, especially in rural areas. This, according to the committee, will encourage girl child education.
For the 2015/2016 academic session, it recommended the recruitment of 800 female teachers, followed by 1, 200 in the 2016/2017 academic session while 1500 should be recruited in the 2017/2018 academic session.
It also urged the government to embark on massive computer literacy programme for all senior secondary three students before they sit for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination in April 2017.
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