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Published On: Fri, Jul 27th, 2018

Niger govt. decries high rate of unqualified teachers

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From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

The Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has said that about 60 percent of teachers in public schools at the last count are not qualified to teach in schools across the 25 Local Governments Areas of the State.
Bello disclosed this yesterday at the Niger State Teachers Professional Development Institute Implementation Committee (NSTPDIIC) during its Maiden End of the year Academic Day Programme at Mararaban Dan- Daudu, saying however, that the teachers won’t be sacked but trained.
“We will not sack these unqualified teachers, but, we will retrain those that are trainable and those we cannot train will be asked to go back to school,” He said.
He explained that to ensure qualitative education and quality teachers, the teaching profession would be regulated, saying, “ until a teacher is certificated, he or she will not be allowed to teach.”
Lamenting on the condition of infrastructural facilities in school in the state, Bello stated, “ with the current condition especially in boarding schools, there is no way, we can produce good future as these children will feel we did not take good care of them. That is why, we must try to give them some level of comfort.”
He commended the Committee of the teachers institute led by Hajiya Dije Bala, the governor disclosed plans by his administration to set up additional centers in Agaie and Borgu
The state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fatima Madugu earlier in her address commended the Governor Bello administration for its commitment to the education sector, particularly, the Whole School Approach initiative.
She stated that under the initiative, the state government expended the sum of N3billion in 2017 to enhance the quality of education and learning in the state.

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