From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
The 42 technical committee on the revitalization of basic and secondary education in Yobe State, led by Professor Mala Daura, which was set up by Governor Mai Mala Buni, has submitted an interim report based on its findings and made recommendation for consideration and implementation.
Among the findings in the report submitted yesterday is the fact that 40 percent of school age children in the state are out of school in addition to the fact that the teaching and learning environment in the urban setting and local government headquarters are overstretched due to overcrowding, while rural areas have poor enrolment and retention.
The committee also reported that the basic and secondary sector of the education sector is facing the challenge of overstretched resources relating to teachers, infrastructure and other facilities.
The survey by the committee also revealed that there is inadequacies in the quality of teachers at the basic and secondary schools in the state, and this is related to poor training, remuneration and that the teachers are poorly looked after.
Others include the rampant political interference in the recruitment, promotion, posting and transfers of teachers, in addition to the decline in the role of traditional rulers which, according to their findings has hastened the decay in education leading to low enrolment and retention.
On teaching and learning environment, the committee found gross shortage in the total number of classrooms for students in the state, noting that there is gross deficit, of about 70%, in the number of functional classrooms in the primary sector which suggests overcrowding on the average of about 80% students per classroom as against the state adopted benchmark of 40 students per classroom.
Also in terms of infrastructure, in the 1439 schools visited for the baseline survey, the committee found that over 90% of the pupils, even students in the secondary schools, have no access to desk, hence they resort to sitting on floors or improvised seats.
Responding, the governor thanked the committee for speedily executing its assignment within the time allocated to it and assured that his administration would implement the approved recommendations in the short, medium and long-term bases appropriately, and within the limit of available resources.
He therefore directed the acting secretary to the state government to study the recommendations of the committee for immediate implementation by the government in conjunction with the relevant agencies.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++