Sokoto - The Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), on Wednesday said it had weeded out 4 000 'ghost' primary school teachers from its payroll.
The Acting Chairman of the board, Prof. Musa Maitafsir said in Sokoto that this followed the recent verification of genuine teachers under the board, which went down from 26 000 to 22 000 after the verification.
He said the 4 000 'ghost' teacher uncovered were inserted into the payroll by dubious officials.
Maitafsir said among the 'ghost' teachers was a butcher who had nothing to do with the teaching profession but was earning N57 000 monthly as salary, for doing nothing.
"The number of teachers in the 1 965 primary schools across the state, thereafter, came down from over 26 000 to about 22 000.
"Only genuine teachers are now on the payroll of the board, which gave room for the successful implementation of the new national minimum wage in the past few months.''
He disclosed that the board had introduced a N2 000 monthly allowance for each of its 540 supervisors, and had provided 23 motorcycles to some monitoring officers, to enhance the supervision of teachers in primary schools.
"All these efforts are aimed at ensuring that only qualified supervisors conduct routine schools' supervision, to check truancy by the pupils and absenteeism by the teachers."
"We had also centralised the recruitment of teachers at the board's headquarters to avoid the previous fraudulent acts by some officials at the board and local government education authorities.''
The chairman also said that the state government had built new schools, rehabilitated others, recruited additional teachers and provided teaching aids to the schools.
According to him, pupils in public primary schools in the state no longer sit on bare floors.
"Assorted schools furniture had been provided across the state and the exercise is still ongoing.
"The state government is doing everything humanly possible to restore the lost glory of the teaching profession and its practitioners.
"We are also working round the clock to restore the confidence of the people in public schools, with better teachers, structures and facilities.''