From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has urged the state government to employ more teachers to address the shortage of primary school teachers in the state owned primary schools.
Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Abdullahi, gave the charge after the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Daniel Ogazi raised the issue of shortage of primary school teachers, while deliberating on matters of public importance during its proceedings in Lafia on Monday.
According to him, the standard of primary education in the state was very poor, due to shortage of teachers and lamented that between 2011 and 2021, about 3,665 primary school teachers retired or died.
He said that since then, the government has not conducted any recruitment to fill the vacant positions.
The speaker said if competent and qualified teachers were employed to man the affairs of primary schools, it would go a long way in reviving the falling standard of primary education in the state.
He noted that state government was doing well in providing structures in primary schools across the state, but lamented that government’s efforts would amount to nothing, if there are no qualified and competent teachers.
“The state government is trying in building structures in our primary schools, the structures will come to nothing if we don’t have competent and qualified teachers in primary schools.
“Our resolution is that we urge the state government to declare a state of emergency in primary education and;
“That the local government areas, in conjunction with the state government to put machinery in place for the employment of primary school teachers in the state,” he said.
The speaker, therefore, urged the House members and other people, especially public office holders to send their children to public schools, in order to ensure that the sector is revived.
“I believe we all attended public schools, and if we send our children to public schools, it would revive the system and ensure quality education in the state,” he said.
Earlier, Ogazi, while raising the issue on the matters of public importance said: “Mr Speaker and my honourable colleagues, in the course of our oversight, we discovered that from 2011 to 2021, we have 3,665 primary school teachers who had died or retired.
“And there had never been any employment of primary school teachers since 2011. The level at which primary education is at the moment is very devastating, so I am urging the government to do something fast about it.
“If nothing is done, the standard of primary education will continue to be affected negatively.”
In their separate contributions, Peter Akwe, Suleiman Yakubu-Azara, John Osewu and Mohammed Okpoku also lamented on the lack of teachers in primary schools across the 13 local government areas of the state and called on the government to employ more teachers, adding that primary education is the foundation of all education.