Katsina State governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has said the state is experiencing shortage of English and Mathematics teachers leading to a near emergency situation in the education sector.
Masari, who stated this on Tuesday during a visit to Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, appreciated the agency for all its interventionist projects in the state, and also presented the state of education in his state to the fund, with an appeal for more.
In a tone that portrayed the governor’s desperation for quick intervention by the agency, he said “Katsina State has no English and Mathematics teachers,” adding that the state’s college of education is not doing enough to churn out teachers to make up for the shortfall.
The governor lamented the systematic collapse of education in the state which, according to him, was atop other states in the north and produced a good number of prominent Nigerians, including the current president, Mohammadu Buhari.
He said there was urgent need for content development in polytechnics and colleges of education, including training of more teachers, especially in the subjects where there are shortfalls.
“I am jealous because Katsina State used to be ahead in education in the whole of Northern Nigeria. Now the opposite is the case due to neglect. Performance in public examinations is below 10 percent.
“Average class population in primary schools is 110 for a class of 40 and 75 for class of 35 in junior secondary schools,” he said.
Earlier in his address, the executive secretary, TETfund, Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro commended the governor for making out time to visit the agency and pledged their support for his administration in the state.
Prof Bogoro said TETfund, which was established in 2011 from the former Education Tax Fund, ETF, was intended to focus on structural and infrastructural development of public tertiary institutions only, adding that the agency has kept faith with that mandate in the past four years.