Borno’s governor to pay primary school teachers N30,000 minimum wage
Borno state’s Governor Babagana Zulum, has promised to pay qualified primary school teachers in the state N30,000 minimum wage.
The governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed that his principal made the promise on Monday at the Government House in Maiduguri, while inaugurating reconstituted board of the Borno State Universal Basic Education Board.
Gusau lamented that some teachers in the state currently go home monthly with as low as N11,000 due to activities of ghost teachers.
The board, which has a new Executive Chairman, permanent and non-permanent members, had a reconstitution necessitated by expiration of tenures served by former members of the UBE board.
The reconstituted board has Professor Bulama Kagu as the Executive Chairman, Hon. Abubakar Mai Deribe as permanent member 1, Alhaji Sadiq Abdallah as permanent member 2 and Habu Daja Aliyu as permanent member 3, alongside representatives of stakeholder ministries.
Zulum said during the occasion, “One major issue in Borno’s primary education system today is the welfare of teachers. It is pathetic that there are teachers who are still collecting between N13,000 and N11,000. I want to assure, that despite economic challenges, we are working to ensure that every qualified teacher in Borno State earns minimum of N30,000 which is the national minimum wage.”
The governor also said a number of unqualified teachers identified during assessments, who are trainable, will be sent for professional teachers training, to acquire skills and methodologies that can help them teach effectively.
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He, however, noted that those that are not trainable will be transferred to other departments as non-academic staffs in schools.
Zulum ruled out retrenchment including for those untrainable teachers, so as not to increase an already high unemployment rate with social implications.
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