Some stakeholders in the education sector have suggested the re-introduction of teachers training colleges as part of measures to address the manpower gap primary and post-primary schools in the country.
Responding to newsmen yesterday, the stakeholders also called for massive recruitment of qualified teachers and provision of incentives for teachers serving in rural areas.
They also said the current security challenges in some parts of the country were discouraging teachers from accepting posting to rural areas.
Malam Ibrahim Aminu, an educationist in Kaduna, said providing incentives to teachers serving in rural areas would encourage young people to accept posting to high risk areas, thereby bridging the manpower gap.
He said the level of insecurity, especially in the northeast and northwestern parts of the country, had create a huge gap in manpower needs in schools in those areas..
He said many primary and secondary schools across Local Government Areas in Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Borno among others states affected by insecurity were facing the challenge of dearth of quality teachers.
He also said that dearth of funds was another factor and suggested the adequate funding of the education sector.
“In 2021, a lot of teachers, especially in north western parts of the country, were recruited, in a bid to bridge the manpower gap, but as I speak to you now, they are yet to be posted to schools due to dearth of funds.
“Again, welfare of teachers is not encouraging. That is why a lot of primary school teachers keep switching to other careers at the slightest opportunity,” he said.
According to him, another factor that stagnates the progress of primary and post-primary education in the country is inadequate training needed to enhance efficiency and career progression.
“Talking about gap in manpower, we are also talking of the enabling environment and training that will enable manpower progression, with a view to bridging existing gaps,” Aminu said.
On his part, Mr Musa Dona, a secondary school teacher in Kaduna, said one way of bridging the manpower gap in primary and post-secondary schools is for the government at all levels to engage in massive recruitment of qualified teachers.
“When you survey our government schools, you will discover that they are always under-staffed.
“There are a lot of instances where one teacher is teaching three or more subjects in different classes in a particular public school,” he said.
Similarly, Kano State Government said it had recalled 6,995 of its teachers posted to private and community schools, as part of efforts to address the manpower shortage in public schools in the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Mr Sanusi Sa’idu-Kiru, told The Tide source that the teachers, who were on government payroll, were posted to such schools to help meting their teaching needs.
Cleric Tasks Pliticians On People-Oriented Programme
Politicians in Nigeria have been advised to always embark on programmes and policies that would be beneficial to the common people, especially those at the grassroots.
The Arch Bishop of Enugu Ecclesiastes Province, and Anglican Bishop of Enugu, His Grace, Emmanuel Olisa Chukwuma, made the call in Enugu while delivering a sermon on the occasion of a thanksgiving church service to mark the 60th birthday anniversary of former Deputy Senate President, and Senator representing Enugu west at the National Assembly, Ike Ekweremadu.
Bishop Chukwuma regretted that most politicians in Nigeria are well known for their selfishness as they only think of themselves and members of their immediate families, describing their attitudes as very unfortunate.
The clergy man wondered why politicians should treat those who voted them into office in such a wicked manner, urging them to turn a new leaf for peace to reign in the country.
He however, commended senator Ekweremadu who celebrated mainly with the elderly and less privileged, describing him as the best senator in the South East zone.
Bishop Chukwuma however noted with deep regret that for Senator Ekweremadu to rise to his present position, he suffered assassination attempt and various forms of impediments, expressing happiness that he (Ekweremadu) is alive today in spite of all odds.
By: Canice Amadi Enugu
Kidnappers Demand N10m Ransom From Family Of Abducted Widow
Suspected kidnappers, who took a middle age widow and mother of four children in Kogi, on Saturday demandef for N10 million ransom from her family.
The widow, Mrs Sefi Jimoh, was allegedly kidnapped on the road while waiting for a commercial motorcycle, popularly called “Okada” to go home after a morning prayer session at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church at Phase II in Lokoja metropolis.
Jimoh, who is an Environmental Officer with the Kogi State Governnent, is the bread winner of the family, having lost her husband some years back.
A family source, who spoke to newsmen yesterday in Lokoja, said “only this morning our sisters’ abductors got to us on phone demanding for N10 million ransom for her freedom.”
“The kidnappers first called her (widow) children and informed them that their mother is with them and that she will only be released after a payment of a N10m ransom.
“We were so shocked but relieved after knowing that she is still alive after her disappearance yesterday that sent jitters into the entire family members, friends and neighbours around.
“The question now is, where and how do we, in our financial position now, raise such money to secure our sister and mother?”
The source pleaded with the kidnappers to show the widow and the poor family mercy and release her “because getting even one million is like trying to squeeze water from a rock”.
Contacted, the Kogi Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP William Ovye-Aya, said he could not confirm nor deny it because he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of “B” Division, where the incident happened.
3,400 Civil Servants Sit For Promotion Examination In Yobe
No fewer than 3,400 civil servants in Yobe State sat for promotion examination in the state, last Saturday.
The Head of Service, Alhaji Garba Bilal, disclosed this while inspecting one of the examination centres in Damaturu, the state capital.
Bilal said the examination took place simultaneously in three designated centres across the state.
“There are 1,962 candidates in Damaturu, the state capital, 1007 in Potiskum and 431 in Gashua Local Government Areas”, he said.
Bilal said the results of the promotion would be effected immediately it was out while other processes would follow.
He also said that the civil service in the state would be revived under his watch.
“As I said when I assumed office, we are trying everything humanly possible to revive the civil service in the state.
“First is to ensure that there are trainings and retraining of civil servants. Once you train them, they will be able to give their best”, he said, adding that the training would cut across all cadres of the civil service.
“The training would be carried out in phases. The senior officers would be trained and same will scale down to junior officers.
“So before you know it, all the civil servants will be abreast of the latest development in the civil service.
“We are going to create a good succession plan in the system.
“If someone exited from the service, there would be another person to replace him effectively.
“We do not want to create a vacuum where someone will leave and there will be no other person to take his responsibilities”, he said.
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