Borno State Governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday described as “very chilling” certain findings submitted to him by a committee he had set up to carry out an assessment of basic literacy skills. and numeracy from 17,229 local education authority teachers in 27 local government areas. of State.
The State Education Commissioner, Engr Lawan Abba Wakilbe, presented the committee’s report to Governor Zulum at the government residence in Maiduguri. Members of the committee, including the chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Council, Bulama Kagu, a teacher of education, were present.
The committee had engaged academics from different education stakeholders in the state before and during the benchmarking tests conducted in January 2022, across all 27 local government areas in the state.
The report revealed that out of 17,229 teachers in the 27 LGAs, only 5,439 representing 31.6% were found to be competent to teach, while 3,815 teachers representing 22.1% were not competent to teach and could not be trained.
The report, however, revealed that 7,975 teachers representing 46.3% were rated as not fully competent but trainable.
The report also revealed that 2,389 teachers representing 13.9% taught without any formal qualification from any institution.
Speaking after receiving the report, Professor Zulum described the findings as “very frightening”. He said committee members informed him that they had encountered an RCE holder who could not write an RCE during the test but who still teaches students.
“We cannot move Borno forward unless we are able to clean up our public school system, and if I am able to clean up education, I would have reached 50% of what I planned to achieve. accomplish as governor,” Zulum said.
He noted that he decided to set up the evaluation committee after a series of spontaneous evaluations of teachers during his regular and unscheduled trips to local government areas.
Despite the report, Governor Zulum has pledged not to fire the 3,815 untrained teachers but, based on the recommendations made by the committee, will consider approving the transfer of teachers to areas where they can carry out further tasks such as planting trees in the ministry. of the environment.