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Kaduna Gov’t to Recruit 10,000 Teachers after Sacking over 2,000

The Kaduna State Government said it has concluded plans to recruit 10,000 primary school teachers to replace disengaged ones and improve the teacher-pupil ratio.

Deputy Governor Dr Hadiza Balarabe made this known in Kaduna yesterday at the inauguration of the distribution of learning materials to pupils in 4,260 public primary schools and 838 learning centres.

The state government had, on June 19, announced the sack of 2,357 primary school teachers for failing the government’s competency tests.

The state government had, in 2018, sacked 21,780, for failing a similar test while 233 others were sacked in December 2021 for allegedly presenting fake certificates.

According to the deputy governor, the government shall continue to weed out unqualified teachers in public schools and no amount of distraction will stop it.

“The quality of instruction is very important in determining the educational outcomes of our children and we cannot allow only the children of a few to steal the advantage that education provides.

“Nor shall we continue to allow poor quality education to be available to the children of the weak and vulnerable in our society, who attends public schools.

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“Children of the poor also deserve competent teachers, and it is our sworn responsibility to ensure that they get it,” he said.

Balarabe said the state government had renovated more than 500 public primary and secondary schools and provided perimeter fencing in many schools as required by United Nations (UN) agencies for the security of children.

She added that new schools were built including new science secondary schools and many blocks of classrooms constructed in primary and other secondary schools across the state.

Balarabe said the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and the state primary education development projects had ensured the construction of more classrooms at the primary school level.

This, according to her, is to accommodate the return of out-of-school children to classes.

“However, as important as classrooms and physical structures are in creating conducive learning environments, lack of access to books poses an even greater challenge to learning.

“Therefore, our free book policy is to increase access to textbooks, exercise books, sandals, sharpeners, pencils, erasers, school bags and magnetic boards.”

She said when poor children were exposed to books early, they would learn to read better, adding that the more children had access to books the more likely they would learn better.

She noted that the problems in education were “simply overwhelming” adding that the government alone could not bear the burden.

Learning materials would be distributed under the BESDA programme to ensure quality teaching and learning.

READ ALSO: Kaduna govt sacks 2,192 teachers for refusing to sit for competency test

CREDIT: ALLSCHOOL, The Nation

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