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Females Constitute Only 30% Of Teachers In Bauchi – Lawmaker

Maryam Bagel
Posted: Oct 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu

Bauchi – Hon. Maryam Bagel, Chairperson of Bauchi High Level Women Advocates (HILWA) has observed with concern the low level of female teachers in schools especially in rural areas in Bauchi State, saying that it was hindering the education of the girl child in the state.

Hon. Bagel stated this during the commemoration of International Day of Girl Child organised by HILWA in collaboration with State Universal Basic Education Board and UNICEF with theme, “Girls Progress Equals Goals Progress” held in Bauchi on Wednesday.

Bagel who is also the only female member in Bauchi State House of Assembly lamented that primary school female teachers constitute only 30 percent of the total number of teachers in the state.

“The current Nigeria Education Data Survey (NEDS) 2015 shows that the number of rural females without any form of schooling in the country is put at 49 percent,” she stated.

She regretted that discrimination against girls education persists in Bauchi State because of customary attitudes, child marriages, religious misconception, inadequate and gender biased teaching, educational materials and lack of adequate, accessible schooling facilities.

The HILWA leader also observed that girls school enrollment figures in the state has continued to attest to below average enrolment, retention and completion leading up to the junior secondary and senior secondary levels.

“In many cases, families cannot cater for the education of all the children in the household, giving room for preference in selecting those qualified, for school patriarchal system encourages male preference in education,” she said.

While commending the contributions UNICEF and other development partners to promote girls education in the state, Hon. Bagel called for more concerted action by all stakeholders to address the issues that are hindering girls’ education in Bauchi State.

In his remark, Abdulai Kaikai, UNICEF Chief of Field Office Bauchi, said there is increase of 5 percent of girls enrollment in the state from 2015 until date.

He commended the state government for its effort in supporting girl child education and called for the support of all stakeholders to ensure that all girls are educated in the state.