From Desmond Mgboh, Kano
With the adoption of the recommendation of the Technical Committee set up to look into the teaching staff challenges bedeviling free education policy.
Kano state government has directed the state civil service to redeploy about 5, 000 civil servants with requisite qualification in education to classrooms as part of effort to strengthen the policy.
The decision followed the adoption of the recommendations of the technical Committee set to review the challenges bedeviling the education sector in the state.
The state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, who addressed a press briefing in his office, said that affected staff serving in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Local Government Areas (LGAs) with vital teaching credentials are to be dispatched to fill existing posts in schools including tertiary institutions in the state.
He said the committee discovered that there were 575 officers with teaching qualification serving in MDAs, while 3, 712 others were found in the 44 LGAs with duplicate functions.
Garba stated that of this number, 19 of them have Ph ds, 55 Masters, 1,100 B Eds, 2,366 NCE and 10 Diploma in Education.
Garba added that the committee’s findings also revealed that 508 officers, three of them with Ph ds/Masters, 79 B Ed, 421 with NCE and five others with Diploma in Education were found in local governments engaged in administrative duties.
The commissioner pointed out that zonal offices and local government areas have large concentration of officers.
“For instance, while there’s an LGEA with only 60 staff, others have up to 274 with a state average of 151 per LGEA. Under ideal condition, and especially with the advancement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), 25 officers can perform the management of an LGEA,” he added.
To this end, the commissioner said, all civil servants found in MDAs with teaching qualifications and with more than five years to retire are to be posted back schools to teach.
NCE holders under the state Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) should remain, officers with B Ed are to be deployed to either Junior Secondary School or Senior Secondary School, while those with higher degrees are to be sent to tertiary institutions, he stated.
Garba also indicated that the reintegrated civil servants are to be given two weeks induction before deployment to schools and an additional one week refresher training every term.
The commissioner further stated that the setting up of the committee was in response to the learning crisis and government’s commitment to achieving the education 2030 agenda which seeks to ensure the provision of education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.