Benue In Short Supply Of Teachers

teachers-inschoolsBenue State Teaching Service Board (TSB) Makurdi has said that it lost about 800 teachers to death, retirement and transfer of services to other places of work which is affecting teaching in Secondary Schools in the state.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. James Pine who disclosed this in Makurdi said on noticing the problem on assumption of duty, some couple of months ago, he has made a request to the governor to permit for the recruitment of at least 500 new teachers in the first instance to cushion the effect.
The Executive Secretary said in the past three months he was able to bring down the monthly salary wage bill of secondary school teachers from about N800m to N600m following the blockage of linkages and pledged to re-invigorate the five directorates of the Board for optimal performance thereby raising the standard of education set by the board.
Mr. Pine who denied knowledge by governor Samuel Ortom to retrench some secondary school teachers in the state so as to save funds, attributed such speculations to the antics of the opposition who may have been out to discredit the APC administration; pointing out that as someone that is Labour friendly, governor Ortom will never think of such action and call on people with positive ways of doing things to offer it to government for consideration.
He pointed out that the Board under his leadership is taking a holistic approach in tackling cases of examination malpractices in schools because when children are not properly brought up, their tendency to get into social vices such as cultism, drug abuses and cheating are very high; saying children, parents and teachers should share the blame over the menace and implore the media to assist in it fight through highlighting the negative effects of malpractices in the publications.
On the dearth of sporting event by the Board, he assured that plans are at advance stage to organize more sporting event in the year so as to fish out hidden talents to feed Lobi Stars, national team and international clubs which Benue state is known for in the past.


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