Absenteeism: Kano threatens to sack unserious teachers

At 11 a.m. some of the teachers were not in class.


The Kano State Universal Basic Education Board, UBEB, has threatened to sack unserious primary school teachers.

The Chairman of the board, Wada Zakari, issued the threat when he paid an unscheduled visit to Kofar Naisa Primary school in Kano on Monday.

He expressed disappointment with the situation he found at Na’ibawa primary school where at 11 a.m., when the fifth period should have been in progress, most of the teachers were not in the classes.

He said the board would not fold its arms and allow “some unserious” teachers sabotage the State Government’s efforts at improving the quality of education in the state.

Mr. Zakari directed the Education Secretary of Gwale Local Government to query 55 teachers of Kofar Naisa and Yan’awaki primary schools who were absent during the visit.

“The schools are not supposed to close earlier than the scheduled time which is 1.45 p.m. Rather than wait until the closing hours, they chose to close at 12 noon,’’ he said.

He warned that any teacher, who failed to give satisfactory reason for his or her absence, would face disciplinary action.

Mr. Zakari enjoined school inspectors to rise up to their responsibilities by ensuring that teachers come to work regularly and close at the scheduled time.

“Supervisors hold a special position in terms of ensuring quality and standard of teaching and learning in primary schools.

“The management of the board will focus its attention on the activities of supervisors with a view to ensuring proper monitoring of teachers for better teaching and learning outcome,” he said.


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