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Katsina Suffering Dearth Of English, Mathematics Teachers, Gov Cries Out

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Seeks TETFund’s Intervention In Manpower Development

By Innocent Oweh, Abuja

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has expressed worries over dearth of English and Mathematics teachers in the state.

Masari said only a paltry number of National Certificate in Education (NCE) teachers who are equally inadequate are available to take students on both subjects areas.

He said there was an average of seven or eight teachers who offer the subjects for a population of 1,000 pupils.

The governor who was at the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) headquarters in Abuja to seek for assistance for manpower development for undergraduates in the state-owned college of education and polytechnics, said the development accounts for poor performance of pupils in public examinations.

“Our performance in almost all the national public examination is usually below 10 per cent. Our main focus is on content development because in Kastina State we don’t have adequate English and Mathematics teachers and we believe with this challenge we can’t really move ahead as a state.

“Dearth in English and Mathematics teachers is one area we are having serious challenges in Katsina and we want TETfund to focus more on colleges of education to produce quality teachers.

“You cannot restore value without education. This is the pathetic situation in Katsina. We want to restore the lost glory of the state in the education sector. If we can give our children the right education, then we can go to sleep,” he said.

Asked about the specific areas he wants TETfund to intervene in his state, he said, “TETfund should intervene in two sectors; provision of infrastructure, then training, capacity building. These are the key areas where they are intervene.

“They will take the pressure off the state government and state government would now have more funds going down to foundation level of education, that is, the primary, the junior secondary school and senior secondary schools.

“We are looking at the situation; if the capacities of the lecturers are improved, the Colleges of Education would start to produce degree holders and Masters in education.

“We have a College of Education that is over 20 years and is still producing NCE. It shows clearly there is lack of capacity of the lecturers themselves and the infrastructure at the institution. This is where we want the Fund to intervene,” he added.

Meanwhile, Executive Secretary of TETfund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, gave assurance that the Fund would assist the state in the areas of need.

“I promise that at TETfund, we will play our role at the tertiary level, so that government can divert its resources to the foundation, that’s the basic education.”

“We will partner with state governments that have created institutions to strengthen them and I must say one of the manifest indices of performance of TETfund today is the improved rating and ranking of Nigerian universities both in Africa and globally,” he said.