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Bauchi Reinstates 2, 495 Teachers

| July 16, 2013 More

The perpetual face-off between the Bauchi State chapter of the Nigerian Union Teachers [NUT] and the chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board [SUBEB], Alhaji Abdullahi Dabo, may soon be over as the state government has reinstated about 2,495 out of the 5,000 primary and junior secondary school teachers disengaged from service by the government sometimes this year.

The state commissioner of education, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Aminu, who revealed this yesterday while addressing newsmen, said the 5,000 teachers were initially disengaged following recommendations to that effect by the education reform committee set up to screen teachers in the state.

He explained that the committee had screened the teachers and found some anomalies with their credentials which fell short of the required standards for teaching in the schools.

Aminu added that the committee recommended that the disengaged teachers should have their credentials truly verified before their re-engagement following which Governor Isa Yuguda approved their disengagement from the service.

It would be recalled that a total of 25, 000 teachers serving under the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) in January this year embarked on a one month strike to protest alleged victimisation by the SUBEB chairman through screening and verification by the board.

The re-instated 2,495 teachers were among the 4, 061 earlier documented and who underwent proficiency test conducted by the Bauchi State Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The commissioner stated that of the 4, 061 teachers documented, 3,862 were verified, and 2, 873 cleared for the proficiency test by the commission, as 199 have incomplete documents, 2,495 passed the test while 213 failed. Two of them also die in the process.

He did not however comment on the fate of the 412 teachers, comprising the 199 with incomplete documents and 213 that failed the test, whether or not some will undergo training to meet the requirements or be finally disengaged.

The commissioner revealed that the second batch of 939 teachers in addition to the 147 absent and 16 sick during the first batch of the exercise would have their verification and proficiency test processes commence this week which will last within 14 days.

He also said that the third batch which comprised of all the teachers on duty will have their verification while on the job but warned that those found to be with fake certificates in the process will have to leave their jobs.

Aminu further warned that the service has no room for people who takes teaching as an all-comers job as, according to him, prospective teachers must possessed the requisite training and qualification before joining the teaching profession.

 

Category: Bauchi State News

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