Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has said that state government will not accept the services of unqualified teachers in primary schools across the state.
The Governor made this known during a visit to the headquarters of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), venue of the ongoing teachers’ verification exercise in the state.
Addressing members of the verification committee, the Governor reiterated: “this morning we have inspected primary schools within the metropolis; I have constituted a committee few months ago and have examined the structures. Insha Allah, we will provide all the necessary infrastructures at our primary schools, but the most important thing is the teachers. If you cannot have qualified teachers in the primary schools, I think all the facelift and the rehabilitation are exercise in futility.”
Zulum further stated: “We will give greater priority to the best kind of teachers in our primary schools, if the foundation is weak, there is no way the Secondary and tertiary education in the state will be sound. The quality of pupils in the primary schools determine our output in secondary schools”.
He also said : “The major reason our students in secondary schools cannot obtain credits is because they don’t have the requisite training at the primary school level. This administration will give all the necessary support to you to be able to discharge your duties. We will examine your report at the end of the exercise, those we feel should be allowed to go on training, we can train them.”
Governor Zulum also addressed a number of teachers from Damboa Local Government Area who turned out for the verification. He assured them of their welfare and improved working atmosphere for teaching and learning.
“We shall, insha Allah, provide accommodation for teachers, give them loans and improve teachers welfare. But how can we do that? We have to get the system right, our teachers should be qualified and genuine,” Zulum said.