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‘31 per cent of teachers in Sokoto State unqualified but retrainable’

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Thirty-one per cent of teachers in public schools in Sokoto State are not qualified but educated enough to be retrained, a needs assessment sub-committee has disclosed.

It noted that only 14 per cent of them had registered with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

The panel was an arm of a larger emergency committee set up by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to proffer practical solutions to the challenges confronting education in the state.

The committee recommended the recruitment of 548 teachers in order to achieve a teacher-student ratio of 1:40, being the standard set for public schools in the state.

Presenting the report to the governor, the chairman of the sub-committee, Dr. Shadi Sabeh, said 360 schools were assessed, stressing the need for government to urgently address the imbalance in teachers’ posting to rural and urban areas.

He said: “There is need to repost 537 teachers from some schools that are over-staffed within the Sokoto metropolis to the many that are lacking teachers in rural areas.”

Sabeh expressed concern over lack of information and communications technology (ICT) facilities in the schools, saying 73 per cent of teachers surveyed lacked computer skills.

He said steps must also be taken to enforce compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that all teachers must be registered with the TRCN.

Sabeh went on: “In general, there is an urgent need for a robust capacity building programme that will close the training gap among teachers in the state. This is against the backdrop that 90 per cent of them surveyed have not attended any form of training, workshop and seminar in the last three years.”

Tambuwal assured the panel that its recommendations would be implemented, adding that other measures would be put in place to turn the fortunes of the sector around.

According to him, a new training schedule would be drawn up to enable teachers undergo regular refresher courses.

The governor commended members of the panel for a good job.



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