Kaduna State Government has announced that there are plans currently underway for an upward review of the Kaduna teachers’ benefits which include their salaries and other welfare packages that would make their jobs easier and more attractive.
This announcement was made by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Mr. Ja’afaru Sni at a news conference on Sunday. He announced that the plan was part of the ongoing reform to ensure that the quality of education in Kaduna state is improved. He said that the state will introduce attractive incentives for Kaduna teachers and encourage more of them to work in rural areas of the state.
The Commissioner also gave an update on the current recruitment of 25,000 teachers to replace those that failed the competency test. He assured the newsmen that the Kaduna SUBEB would ensure that these new teachers would be available for deployment in schools by next month.
He also appreciated the contributions of the parents and other stakeholders towards the reformation of the education sector for the benefits of the millions of pupils in Kaduna State. He also stressed that a considerable number of these newly recruited teachers would be posted to the rural areas as there is a great demand of teachers in these regions.
“The Governor has directed the ministry of education and other stakeholders to come up with juicy incentives that will keep quality teachers in rural areas. We will also introduce a program of identifying ‘supper teachers’ and motivate them to encourage the clamor for excellence in the teaching profession,” he declared.
“But I want to assure you that the state government will not shift its ground in entrenching quality and standard in teaching and learning in its schools. The El-Rufai led administration strongly believed that only access to affordable and quality education would ensure social mobility for children of the poor too have improved standard of living. This is because only quality education will equip them with the needed skills to be creative, inventive and be part of the social movement towards development and self fulfillment,” he continued
“No window was shut against any teacher who failed the June 2017 competency test. The governor had asked the affected teachers from day one to reapply and about 12,000 of them had applied. For those that did not apply, recruitment is an ongoing process in the public service. Once the first batch is recruited, SUBEB will identify teacher’s gap and will continue to recruit.”
“Let us join hands in ensuring that the standard is maintained in our schools and no self or political interest stand in the way of providing quality education for our children,” the commissioner concluded.