Changing narratives for teachers’ reward, support in Akwa Ibom

Sun Nov 24th, 2019 - Edo

A cross section of pupils and teachers from public schools, and their mentors during a mentoring clinic organised as part of the award ceremony

In April 2018, the Kaduna State government ordered the sack of 4, 562 out of the 15, 897 teachers that it newly recruited to replace the 22, 000 unqualified teachers, which it sacked earlier in 2017. Then state Commissioner of Education, Ja’afaru Sani, explained that the sacked teachers were incapable of writing proper acceptance letters after they were offered their employment letters. Before the 15, 897 teachers were recruited, the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, in one fell swoop sacked 22, 000 teachers, whom he alleged were unqualified to educate pupils.

Before his demise, the government of the late Sir Patrick Yakowa had also dismissed 4, 000 teachers, who were alleged to possess fake credentials, and gave more than half of primary school teachers in the state a five-year deadline to acquire appropriate qualifications or get sacked.

In Edo State, former governor Adams Oshiomhole, made a huge spectacle of the pathetic development, after he picked on a primary school teacher, Mrs. Augusta Odemwingie, who found it arduous to read her age declaration certificate, after spending 20 years in service.Six years after a short video of Oshiomhole’s encounter with Mrs. Odemwingie went viral leaving the former governor shell-shocked, and the teaching profession embarrassed, many Nigerians are of the view that these ugly scenarios recorded in Kaduna and Edo states are not in any way peculiar to these states, but a clear reflection of the state of the teaching profession in the country.




source: Guardian