A recent headcount of teachers in Niger State revealed that 5,665 of the 30,931 primary and secondary teachers in the state lack any basic professional qualification for teachers.
The report of the committee on the count of teachers in public schools in Niger revealed yesterday in Minna that by implication about 20 percent of teachers are not qualified to teach.
In the report presented by the chairman of the technical committee on the number of teachers, Comrade Labaran Garba explained that there are 3,135 primary schools across the state with a total of 24,061 teachers of which 19,358 are teachers qualified, while 4,703 are unqualified.
Similarly, Comrade Garba said from the findings of the committee, that the state has 498 secondary schools with 6,870 teachers of which 962 are unqualified.
He revealed that there were 2,406 local government education administrative staff, of whom 1,276 have teaching qualifications while 1,130 do not have teaching qualifications.
Garba said that in view of the development, the committee recommended a sustained count of teachers every three years for effective and efficient education planning in the state.
State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who received the report, has assured all qualified teachers in the state of their dues, although he will encourage unqualified teachers to get the basic qualifications or see themselves show the output.
According to the report he received, there are 80% qualified teachers in the state, which he said is commendable and encouraging, adding that all necessary arrangements will be made to improve the welfare of teachers. to ensure quality education in public schools.
“Let’s identify our teachers and see how we can support them, our teachers are suffering,” he said, directing the state government secretary to set up a committee to implement the committee’s findings.
He said unqualified teachers discovered by the committee would have the opportunity to become professional teachers by returning to school, saying that “the number of unqualified teachers is high, over 4,000. We should remove them, but we can also give them the opportunity to be trained and to come back.