No plans to sack primary school teacher – Zulum

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has assured that no primary school teacher would be sacked in the ongoing move to improve the standard of primary education in the state.

Zulum gave the assurance yesterday while inaugurating the newly-reconstituted Borno State Universal Basic Education Board, which has Prof. Bulama Kagu as Chairman.

Zulum said a committee is already going round the three senatorial zones screening teachers to ensure that only qualified ones are retained while unqualified ones are given the opportunity to upgrade or redeployed.

“Government is not willing to retrench a single teacher.

“Those that are qualified will be remunerated well and those not qualified will be provided the enabling environment for them to improve their qualification, while those without capacity to study further would be converted to non-academic members of staff,” Zulum said.

The Governor, who reiterated the commitment of his administration to revive education in Borno State said his earlier commitment to recruit more teachers remains secondary until the remuneration of qualified ones are improved to encourage them offer their best.

He urged the 18-member committee to, among other things, formulate guidelines for successful operation of UBE in the state, and ensure effective monitoring of standards.

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Zulum also inaugurated the newly-established Borno State Audit Commission under the chairmanship of Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed where he disclosed that the commission is to sanitise the public sector from all forms of financial indiscipline.

He said the functions of the commission include the determination of administrative structure for the offices of the State Auditor-General and that of Local Government, and the implementation of ethics and code of conduct for auditors as well as ensuring adherence to international audit standards.

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