Muhammad Garba, Dutse
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Jigawa State Chapter has decried the dearth of teachers in the state, describing the situation as very alarming.
Speaking with Stallion Times in Dutse, State Chairman, NUT, Comrade Abdulkadir Yunusa said “the teaching and learning condition in the state is very sympathetic”.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has also aggravated the condition of learning and teaching. And as schools is about to resume after 7 month of closure it will be very difficult for schools to abide by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) protocol particular on the social distance in the classes”, he added.
Comrade Yunusa stated that, shortage of teachers and inadequate facilities (classrooms) are the main challenges facing education in the state.
He narrated that, between 2016 -2019 over 7,000 teachers were retired while less than three thousand were recruited within the period, also coupled with increase in population and school enrolment, the situation needs quick intervention from government and public.
In their submission through their Vice Chairman, Comrade Ayuba Muhammad, Partnership for Transformation Education in Jigawa State (PTE), expressed appreciation on timely payment of teachers’ salary and other entitlements in the state.
But the PTE expressed concerned on the teaching and learning condition in the state, saying that, the acute shortages of teachers, classrooms and quality teachers are the main challenges of education in the state.
Comrade Ayuba revealed that, according to the data they obtained from State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), the teachers aggregate shows that, there are about 600 primary schools that have only one teacher each.
“If you have only one teacher in a school so which subjects is he going to teach and how many classes can he take in a day “?
“However, beside the teachers’ gap, most of the classes have 90 -100 pupils per class. the environment is not conducive for learning at all”, he added.
Comrade Ayuba noted that lack of training and retraining of teachers also made thousand of teachers to be left behind in terms of modern techniques of teaching and learning and this consequently made the state to have poor performance in WAEC and NECO examinations. He maintains that, for education to improve in Jigawa, these critical challenges must be addressed as adequate teaches remuneration alone can not save the situatio