Governor Babagana Zulum
By Dauda R. Pam, Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Zulum said Borno State Government will engage at least 3,000 teachers in the next two years before the expiration of his four-year tenure in May 2023.
Equally, he said, government will set up four vocational centres in Maiduguri, Mafa, Magumeri and Kwaya/Kusar in which 6,000 to 8,000 unemployed youths will be trained to eke a living and to become self-sufficient,there-after.
This was contained in his remarks at the weekend in Maiduguri to commemorate the 2021, June 12, democracy day celebrations.
According to him, the Government of Morocco is to establish a vocational school in Maiduguri at the cost of N4 billion to augment the poor stage of primary education in the state. “Up till now our primary education system is in comatose, whether we like it or not,” ZULUM said.
And that during the six-month teachers’ verification exercise, the committee was able to save N450 million from ghost teachers and therefore assured the people that before the end of this year, 3,000 teachers will be engaged.
“We shall do everything possible to ensure that qualified teachers are recruited into the primary education system,”to enable children of the less privileged to send their children and wards to primary schools.
Lamenting over the poor stage of primary education, he said: “Most of the primary school teachers in Mafa, Monguno, Nganzai and others could not spell and write their names correctly despite the fact that they are proud holders of the National Certificate of Education (NCE) minimum qualifications to teach children”.
Adding that there is nothing to write home about education in the state, urging, those teachers that are not qualified to go back to school.