Katsina State to retrain 15,000 unqualified teachers


No less than 15, 000 classroom teachers lack requisite qualification to teach in primary and secondary schools in Katsina State.

The state suffers dearth of teachers in English and Mathematics and requires an additional 927 teachers to bridge the gap.

Chairman of the state Restoration Education Committee, Badamasi Lawal, stated this yesterday while presenting its mid-term report to Governor Aminu Bello Masari.

The committee was set up to assess the education sector with a view to addressing its challenges.

Lawal said of the number, 10,000 teachers were in secondary schools while 5,000 teach in the state primary schools.

He said the committee recommended that refresher courses be held for the teachers to enable them meet the basic teaching requirements.

He, however, said government would enroll them for the refresher courses in the education departments of tertiary institutions in the state.

He lamented that the shortage of teachers in key subjects was adversely affecting its education sector and that recruiting additional teachers would address the situation.

Responding, Masari charged teachers and other stakeholders to look inwards to improve the educational sector.

He said rather than recruit additional teachers, retired teachers and directors in the ministry who are almost idle, should be motivated to go teach in schools

Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State has cautioned those who have built illegal structures in any part of state that the government will start demolishing such structures in the next 30 days.

Lamenting that illegal structures were disrupting the state master plan, he noted that the planned demolition was in accordance with the state’s urban renewal project to give Lafia, the capital city and other towns a befitting outlook.

Almakura who stated this yesterday while distributing 17 new official vehicles to serving commissioners in the state, assured the civil servants that the purchase of the vehicles will not affect their welfare.

Responding, the Commissioner for Lands, Sonny Agassi, thanked the governor for the gesture, noting that the provision of official vehicles would encourage them to work harder in providing the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

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