From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
Yobe state governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has approved for the implementation of the report of the Technical Committee that was set up by the governor following the first ever Yobe Education Summit, which was held on July 1st, 2019, aimed at revitalizing basic and secondary education in the state.
This is contained in a press statement from the office of Abdullahi Bego, Director-General for Press Affairs to the governor, which explained that while the full recommendations of the committee would be implemented over time through various education sector agencies in coordination with the office of the Secretary to the State Government, the governor has approved, among other things, that a manpower audit to screen all teaching staff across the state, authenticate their certificates and the forms or types of formal training they had gone through.
It directed for the conduct of basic, general and professional competency tests on teachers in the state, identification of teachers who need training, re-training or re-assigning to other sectors as appropriate and how to fill in any gaps that may arise and the identification of additional qualified teachers for recruitment at all levels of the school system.
Others include the establishment of one model school for Science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in each of the three senatorial districts of the state, while the three existing schools would be converted for this purpose and a steering committee that has already been set up would work to formalise arrangements for conversion of the schools and the conduct of needs assessment to meet immediate take off requirements.
The schools earmarked for STEM education includes;Government Secondary School, Damaturu in zone ‘A’, Government Science, Technical College Potiskum in zone ‘B’ and Government Science and Technical College in Nguru, zone