Recently, it was revealed that no single teacher has gained employment with the Plateau State government in the last 10 years, an education zonal director has said.
Mr John Dashuwit, acting director, plateau central education zonal office, Pankshin, made the disclosure recently, when the Council Management Chairman, Mr Stephen Jings, paid him a visit as part of his familiarisation tour of establishments in his domain.
“We are in dire need of teachers to teach in our 106 Secondary Schools in the zone, which is made up of Mangu, Bokkos, Kanke, Kanam and Pankshin local governments.
“It is unfortunate that for 10 years now, no single teacher has been employed by the state government and the situation in our schools is so worrisome and pathetic, ’’ he said.
Dashuwit told the chairman that the zone had only 998 teachers handling the over 1. 2 million students in its 109 secondary schools, being supervised by only 38 supervisors.
The director called on the state government to urgently employ teachers to help matters because “ in some schools, you will find only a principal and one teacher taking the whole arms of the subjects. ’’
He further disclosed that many qualified teachers have retired without any replacement; some have died leaving gaps to be filled and this must be done with urgency if the sector should be redeemed.
Speaking Earlier, Jings said “education is our only industry and should not be toyed with, more so that the situation in the sector is getting worse and this is unacceptable to us a people.
“It is very sad and unfortunate that we are very backward educationally, and there is the need for us to do something radical to get it right for the sake of our children and development as a state. ‘’
It could be recalled that Governor Lalong, on resumption of office in May 29, 2015, had said among the myriad of problems and challenges he inherited, is a decayed and faulty education system.
Lalong stated this recently while speaking at the 2015 graduation ceremony of Saint Louis College Jos ,
He said his plan is to improve on the quality of primary , secondary and tertiary education in the state.
He vowed to ensure that citizens, especially those from the rural areas of the state, are educated.
Recently, the governor promised to become a part-time teacher in order to boost education in the state and he also compelled his deputy , Prof Sonni Tyoden, to start teaching as well.
Lalong made the pledge to create time and teach for at least one hour weekly as his contribution towards boosting education in the state.
Lalong made the pledge when he received officials of city of Refuge Friends Club, a nongovernmental organisation.
The governor stated that members of his cabinet, when constituted, would do same not minding their professions.
According to Lalong, “I would not joke with the educational sector. My Deputy, Prof Sonni Tyoden, is a teacher , the Director of Research , Prof John Wade, is a teacher” he said. “ We inherited a rot in the sector but we are trying to give it the attention it deserves because if you build the roads and the people are not educated , you have nothing, “ he said.
Also, Lalong has called on the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, to intervene in the challenges faced by the state tertiary education for greater participation and competitiveness with other states, stressing that his administration has, since assumption of office, began addressing the issues of putting in place a governance structure for institution to ensure that funds released to them are Judiciously utilised , adding that it is in line with his administration’s resolve to non interference and respect for the rule of law.
He called on TEFFUND to intervene in Plateau State University in the area of ICT centres, internet technology, internet connection with broad band and website development.
He added that the state Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi, also required similar intervention in areas like the provision of ICT centres and other areas.
Governor Lalong said his government is determined to revamp the educational sector in the state.
It could be recalled that Governor Lalong had announced the re- instatement of Danjuma Sheni as Vice Chancellor of the state university, Bokkos, who was sacked unlawfully by the immediate past administration of the state.
Lalong also appointed Professor Mathew Sule as the Executive Chairman of the Plateau State Universal Primary Education Board, SUBEB, urging him to bring sanity to the education sector.

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