From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria Initiative (EDOREN), a DFID funded project, has called on the Kaduna State Government to institute a policy on teachers recruitment and deployment.
EDOREN’s Principal Investigator, Dr Hafsat Kontagora made the call , at a One-day Research Dissemination Workshop, on teachers gap, recruitment and deployment held in Kaduna .
Kontagora attributed the lack of quality teachers in primary schools in Kaduna state to absence of standard policy on teacher recruitment and deployment in the state.
She said that EDOREN research findings revealed that teachers are recruited based political affiliations with no consideration on professionalism and effectiveness.
She added that some are even recruited without physical presence, with no form of vigorous screening.
According to her, the development is affecting the effectiveness of teachers in the state.
“There is no standard structure for teacher recruitment and deployment in Kaduna state. Ad hoc committee for recruitment are set only when the need arises.
“Also, teachers are not deployed based on need but other considerations, and as such, you find excess teachers in urban areas and inadequate teachers in rural areas.
“We therefore recommend that, the should design a policy that would guide teacher recruitment and deployment in the state to ensure quality of teaching and learning.
“Teachers must be vigorously assessed before they are recruited, and must also be deployed based on need and nothing more.”
She explained that the objective of the workshop was to communicate the findings of the research to relevant stakeholder for their imputes.
“It will also provide an opportunity to get feedback from stakeholders on strategies to facilitate the uptake of evidence-based education policy and practice of teacher recruitment and deployment in Kaduna state, “she said.
Also speaking, Malam Bashir Mohammed, Director, Kaduna State Bureau of Public Service Reform, noted the absence of policy on teacher recruitment in the state.
Mohammed described the policy as crucial in addressing the challenge of quality teachers in the state’s primary school.
It would be recalled that Gov Nasir El-Rufai had recently announced plan to disengaged about 22,000 unqualified primary school teachers in the state.