The Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello on Wednesday has denied plans by his administration to sack primary school teachers in the state.
Governor Bello gave this assurance while inspecting the newly established Niger State Professional Teachers Development Institute at Maraban Dandaudu, in the Muyan Local Government Area of the state.
The institute was established to produce primary school teachers for public schools, especially in the rural areas.
The governor had said that some primary school teachers with fake certificates in public schools were being investigated, accusing them of being responsible for the poor foundation of pupils and falling standard of education in the state. The statement was interpreted by many to mean that the governor was planning to sack to teachers.
But allaying the fears, the governor said, “I learnt of a rumour making the rounds that we intend to sack primary school teachers following the misconception of what I said about the falling standard of education occasioned by inadequate qualified and competent teachers in our primary schools.
“I received calls that people are afraid we may retrench primary school teachers, especially those with faulty certificates. The truth is that there is no such plan. We don’t have enough teachers, so we are not sacking rather we are going to train and retrain our teachers and those with the bad case will be sent back to school.”