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Anambra to employ 1500 teachers, 600 retire

A teacher attending to students

A teacher attending to students

ARRANGEMENTS have been concluded by the Anambra State Government to employ no fewer than 1,500 primary school teachers, Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Nzemeka Olisa, has disclosed.

Olisa said in Awka yesterday stated that the recruitment was imperative as about 600 teachers in the system have retired. However, insisted that the prospective employees must possess a minimum of National Certificate of Education (NCE).

He disclosed that the board promoted no fewer than 4,000 teachers recently, 87 of whom were promoted from grade level 15 to 16 to accord them the status of directors. Nevertheless, he explained that the promotion accumulated from the 2012 and 2013 exercise, adding that the 2014/2015 batch was being compiled and would be implemented soon.

According to him, the board has adopted a system that checked urban drift of teachers by posting them to their hometowns with allowances if such towns are rural communities. Equally, he said, teachers who distinguished themselves morally were rewarded with pilgrimages to Jerusalem.

He disclosed that 21 teachers have so far benefited from the gesture while four had been dismissed for moral bankruptcy and several others facing different panels over ugly behaviour.

School management skills training
Meanwhile, the state government on Tuesday began training for 100 School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) members to improve education planning and management in public schools.

The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, while declaring the workshop open at Umueri, disclosed that this second phase of the training was in the best interest of students.

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