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Why we introduced clocking system in Bauchi schools, by commissioner

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Bauchi State Government has introduced handheld clocking device for workers, which will be used to assess the time they spend in the office.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde, said the ministry introduced the device to check ghost workers, absenteeism and indolence.

He lamented that before his appointment as commissioner, about 53.5 per cent of workers were deep in the attitude of abandoning their duty posts, which set the state’s education sector backward.

“We now have the device in all the 219 secondary schools under the ministry. We have had a case of a teacher who only attended his school seven times in 11 years. When I came in, I requested for attendance register of various schools and the statistics there was not encouraging at all: 53.5 per cent of teachers do not go their work place at all.

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“People are now less honest than before, and given their large number, many of them can hide; a lot of them are in the rural areas where it is difficult to reach them for monitoring and evaluation. You find out that by the time you take up their attendance book, everyone is present and resumed work before 8a.m., even if he or she wasn’t there.

“It is very difficult to monitor this large number of workers. The best thing is to introduce technology. With this, you will be able to capture all the teachers within your purview; if anyone goes in, delivers a lesson or checks out, it will be clocked by the terminal. With this, I have been able to monitor in my office when my teachers resume, deliver lesson and go out of school,” Tilde explained.

He added that there would be cut-off mark for attendance and any worker below the mark would not receive salary for the month. “We are going to put a benchmark that will show that you were there. You go to work 23 days in a month. We may put minimum of 17, 18 or 19 days in a month and anything short of that, the person won’t be paid.”

According to him, genuine cases of absenteeism from work like illness, which must be reported in accordance with the rules, are exempted.

Tilde said the workers’ union applauded the development, in its difference to indolence.

He added that teachers’ performance would be recorded by the device, for promotion and appointment considerations.


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