Kano - The Universal Basic Education Board in Kano State says it plans to spend N256 million to train 16,000 primary school teachers this year.
The board's Executive Chairman, Alhaji Wada Zakari, said this in Kano in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said out of the amount, the Federal Government would contribute N140 million while the state government and Education Sector Programme in Nigeria (ESPIN) (a UK funded programme) were expected to give N61 million and N55 million respectively.
He explained that 5,365 headmasters and 1,000 school supervisors would benefit from the training programme.
“The training programme is part of the effort being made by the board to improve the teachers' capacity.”
“Even last year we trained over 14,000 teachers, including headmasters and supervisors under the board’s capacity building programmes,” he said.
He announced that the board had stopped recruiting unqualified teachers as part of measures to ensure that the schools were equipped with only competent and qualified personnel.
“When we came in 2011 only 50 per cent of the primary school teachers in the state were qualified.”
”So we provided opportunity for the unqualified ones we met on ground to improve themselves within a certain period of time,” he said.
Zakari said the board had introduced in-service training programme to enable the unqualified ones to obtain the minimum teaching qualification.
The executive chairman said the board had also entered into an agreement with some NCE awarding colleges to train the unqualified teachers on part-time basis.
He, however, said that any teacher who failed to obtain the minimum teaching qualification after four or five years, would be thrown out of service.