By Peter Usman, Abuja.
Universal Basic Education Board, UBEB in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT said that inadequate manpower in both the primary, secondary schools has remain the major challenge of the Board.
The Director and Acting Secretary of the Board, Alhaji Hussaini Bako Kuje in an interview with Nigerian NewsDirect in Abuja, has called on the government to as a matter of urgency, address the issue of shortage of manpower before the school resume fully.
Bako, who revealed that FCT has a total of 629 primary schools and 169 Junior Secondary schools, called on the government to provide a minimum of 7,000 and a maximum of 12,000 teachers for both Junior Secondary schools and Primary schools in the territory.
He stated that over 9,000 teachers which was sent to FCT schools have exited from the service, adding that the gap created by them is enermous, which he said needed to be filled up without delay.
According to him, “In the area of manpower, we need more teachers in both primaries and Junior secondary school levels. Like I told you before, about 9, 327 manpower that were sent to us have exited from the service and the gap created by them is enermous and we need to recriut immediately to fill up these gaps.”
“We need more teaching and non-teaching staff, because teachers cannot exist without non-teaching staff. They serve as supporting staff to teachers.
“Infact, it will not be out of place if government could provide a minimum of 7,000 and maximum of 12,000 teachers for both Junior Secondary schools and Primary schools in FCT.
“Remember we have 629 primary schools and 169 Junior Secondary schools, all these schools need teachers to take care of students and pupils in our various schools” he said.
Bako also noted that FCT schools have been overpopulated because influx of people from all the 36 states of the federation to Abuja, stating the facilities in various schools have been over stressed and need replacement.
“As you are very much aware, FCT is the seat of the Federal Government and people are trooping into Abuja every day, so the facilities in our basic education sector are over stressed because of movement of people from all states in the federation to Abuja.
“For example, a school that was planned for 50 students, if you go round, you will discover that 100 to 120 pupils are found in a class room, which is not healthy enough. This over population of students affects infrastructures and faciliities in our schools.
“We need structures like classroom accomodations, basic science laboratories, multipurpose halls in our schools, students and staff furnitures. We need the provision of water facilities in our schools, because without water, toilets in our schools, which are ofcourse water system cannot function well. Students cannot flush the toilet after using without water” he said.