Massive age falsification by Edo teachers – Oshiomhole

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Edo State Government audit of Primary Schools in the State has revealed massive falsification of age by Primary School Teachers in the State Public Schools.

In a town hall meeting on State of Education in Edo State” today, Governor Oshiomhole said an audit carried out by the State’s Information and Communications Technology showed that 789 teachers out of 1,379 obtained their Primary School Leaving Certificates before the age of 8 or 9.

He said “some of the records show there were a few who were particularly gifted and they finished Primary School before they were born. “We found that of all our Primary School Teachers, only 1,287 representing 9% out of 14,484 teachers have proper and accurate records in our system. 91% have various forms of discrepancies in their records. Oshiomhole said “about 1,379 teachers representing 11.5% claim that they obtained their Primary School Certificates after they had been employed as teachers. In fact, some obtained their Primary School Certificates not more than two years ago, from the school in which they were employed as teachers.

“The question is whether they went to Teachers’ Training College or obtained National Certificate of Education (NCE) before they went to Primary School. These are facts that have been well documented. “It would not be helpful to the cause of education and our resolve to deliver quality education to our pupils if we do not deal with this issue decisively”.

The Governor who reeled out statistics on the teachers-student ratio in all the Local Governments in the State said the average of 30 students per teacher in the State is much lower than the UNESCO recommendation on student-teacher ratio saying this might mean that there are more teachers in the State Primary Schools than needed. While noting that there were positives from the audit, the Governor said there are more female teachers than male teachers in the State and that “in some cases, we have more female pupils in schools than male and that is very encouraging, because in some States, they are still battling with how to get their female children to school, but that is not the case in Edo.”

He also noted that “as a result of the steps we have taken to restore confidence and integrity to our Public Schools, there has been a steady increase in enrolment in Public Junior Secondary Schools in the State. The Governor who said the town hall meeting on education was called to find a solution to the problems gave assurance that the Government was open to suggestions on the way forward.

Some of the stakeholders at the town hall meeting including the State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Patrick Ikosimi, the Aidenojie of South Ibie Kingdom, H.R.H Kelvin Danesi, the Ojirrua of Irrua, H.R.H William Momodu, Comrade Jude Obasanmi, Chairman, Conference of Non Governmental Organizations in Edo State, Rev. Asibor, Mr. Efe John, Mrs. Rosemary Abode and others urged the Governor to take a tough decision to properly sanitize the education sector. However, some participants blamed some of the rot in the State Education Sector on the State Ministry of Education, the State Universal Basic Education Board and urged the Governor to extend his sanitation drive to the offending agencies of government.

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Victor Oshioke , don_fidelio@yahoo.com

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Who is to be blamed? the issue of age in the area of employment leave people with no other option than to falsify their age. Come to thinks of it, how would the govt place age limit in the recruitment of persons into govt ministries and parastatals, making people whose age does not fall within this said category vulnerable. i think we should not be talking about age here but ones ability to deliver. So that those who were not opportuned to study early can have hope for the future.

  2. What do you expect from a corrupt nation like ours, where those that are due for retirement refused to pack and let the younger generation work.

  3. The citeria for securing jobs with govt institutions should be modified. Age should not be the main prerequisite as it disadvantaged people with potentials that will aid growth and development in the state.

  4. The rate of unemployment in the state and country at large gave rise to people falsifying information about themselves to get job… Man must survive na!

  5. The educational system and its agencies should be sanitize so as to enable fresh graduates from different institutions contribute their quota to developing the state rather than allowing the state remain stagnant and stunted in growth.

  6. The state educational sector should take suitable action regards to this issue because the reason why most of our pupils are not receiving an eminence basic education is as a result of unqualified teachers.

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