SUBEB, State Universal Basic Education Board in Niger State, has disqualified 2,286 primary school teachers who were using questionable certificates to teach in the state, noting that some of them could not read and write.
Earlier this year, the board’s management had set up a six-man committee to audit both teaching and non-teaching staff members of NSUBEB across the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.
Alhaji Ayuba Katako, Chairman of the 2020 Staff Audit Committee constituted by the Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB), said that there were 28,058 staff in the primary schools across the state, adding that 26,007 of them were screened, out of which 23,721 were cleared and fit to work with SUBEB.
Going further, he said that 2,286 of these primary school teachers were using questionable certificates as some of them could not read and write.
“When they heard that screening was going on they just came to clear themselves and they are on the payroll.
“Some of them went to roadside business centres to print out certificates and we could not ascertain their authenticity,” he added
He explained that most of these certificates were reading the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), Kaduna and did not resemble the actual certificates issued by NTI.
Dr Adamu Isah, the state Chairman of SUBEB, commended the committee for conducting the exercise effectively and said that the board would follow due diligence of civil service rules to make a decision on those found wanting.
Dr Adamu also said that any teacher who could neither write nor read would be disengaged as teachers and engaged in another field.
“These people will be engaged as cleaners, nannies and some at local government offices in accordance with their capacities,” he concluded.