Governor moved to tears as Secondary School Students can’t write, read
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, was embarrassed on Thursday when he visited a primary school in Malam-Fatori, the headquarters of Abadam Local Government Area of the state and found out that a great deal of the students could not read.
According to The PUNCH, the governor during the visit to the Central Primary School carried out an aptitude test on about 100 students of the school.
But at the end of the test, the governor found out that 95 per cent of the students could not read as only seven of them could.
He then asked each of the seven students to read from a text book and to pronounce the phrase: “Social Studies”.
Five of the seven students pronounced it correctly, while two failed.
The governor was deeply worried about the quality of teaching at the school, especially after he found out that of the 224 teachers on the payroll of schools in the LGA, only six were present during his visit, and none of them possessed the requisite teaching qualification.
Zulum’s findings confirmed a report presented to him in February 2022, which assessed quality of primary school teachers across the 27 local government areas of Borno State.
The report had categorised Abadam as having the worst indices because out of 224 teachers assessed, only 14 were certified fit to teach in primary schools, and none of the 14 were at the school during the Governor’s visit on Thursday.
The report said 70 out of 224 teachers across Abadam LGA were found trainable, while 140 were untrainable and, therefore, unqualified to teach.
At the end of his Malam-Fatori Central Primary Schools findings, Zulum directed that drastic measures should be taken to address the situation, which included the deployment of qualified teachers and the retraining of 70 teachers found to be trainable across the LGA.
He promised government’s support to encourage the 70 teachers to return to colleges to acquire required knowledge and teaching skills.
Meanwhile, after dealing with school assessment, the governor supervised the distribution of cash to 600 families (households) who had returned to Malam-Fatori for resettlement.
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