The teachers were sacked due to their incompetence.
The Plateau State government recently sacked 1,000 primary schools teachers for alleged incompetence and certificate forgery.
This was disclosed by the state governor, Jonah Jang, on Thursday at the University of Jos.
The governor spoke during an inaugural public lecture titled, “Quality of Medicines: Everyone a Stakeholder?” by Nelson Ochekpe, a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Mr. Jang, speaking on the quality of education in Nigeria, said“(the state government) have just sacked 1,000 teachers due to incompetence. We kept battling the teachers with fake certificates. You can imagine that some persons, who have no business in the education sector whatsoever, are teachers in our schools.”
He said that the sacked teachers lacked verifiable certificates and the needed prerequisite for a teaching career.
The governor lamented the lack of basic learning tools and facilities in most schools in Nigeria.
“It is pathetic to see a science school without a laboratory; cobwebs everywhere. While I was serving as a military administrator in Benue State, I met a teacher in a bush, teaching pupils under a tree,” he said. “Our elementary educational system, which is supposed to be the starting point for our young ones, is on the verge of collapse.”
On the efforts of his administration towards revamping the state’s educational sector, he said “We have renovated and equipped 20 primary schools in each of the three senatorial zones of the state.”
Meanwhile, during his lecture, Mr. Ochekpe, stated the need for a functional regulatory agency for medicine in Nigeria.
“It is inappropriate to set up a drug regulatory agency without the necessary tools and facilities for quality control. These organisations help to make good quality, safe and effective drugs available,” he said.
Mr. Ochekpe warned against the abuse of drugs. He noted that fake drugs could be mistaken as quality drugs; therefore, people should be careful while using drugs.
“Counterfeit medicine has no universal definition,” he noted.
The Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, commenting on the lecture, said it was aimed at improving policy formulation for better healthcare service delivery to Nigerians.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Hayward Mafuyai, advised professors across Nigeria to proffer solutions to the numerous challenges facing the country through regular public lectures.