Thirty-one per cent of teachers in public schools in Sokoto state are not qualifi ed, but educated enough to be trained to enhance their qualifi cations, a government committee has disclosed. In addition, the committee recommended the employment of additional 548 teachers in order to achieve a teacher/student ratio of 1:40, the standard set for public schools in the state.
This was part of the recommendations of the schools needs assessment sub-committee of the committee on state of emergency set up by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to proff er practical solutions to challenges confronting education in the state. Presenting the report at the Government House yesterday, the chairman of the sub-committee, Dr. Shadi Sabeh, said a total of 360 schools were assessed and that “there is need for the government to urgently act to restructure the imbalance in teachers’ distribution, especially between rural and urban areas.
” “There’s need to re-post 537 teachers from some schools that are over-staff ed within the Sokoto metropolis to the many that are lacking teachers in rural areas,” he said. Sabeh said the lack of ICT infrastructure in schools was a cause for concern, “especially because 73% of teachers surveyed lack computer skills.”
“Government must enforce compliance with the federal government’s directive that all teachers must be registered with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN). At the moment, only 14 per cent of the teachers have the necessary registration.”
In his remarks, Governor Tambuwal assured that the report would be implemented, while other measures would be put in place to ensure turn around in the fortunes of the sector. He said a new training schedule “will be drawn up by the government toensure all teachers are provided with opportunities for refresher courses.” “I want to commend the members of the sub-committee for a diligent job. The people and government of Sokoto state will forever be proud of your service,” he said