No fewer than 300 public primary schools in Zamfara State are being manned by one single teacher each, the Executive Chairman of the board, Hon. Murtala Adamu Jangebe, has revealed.
The Chairman made this known at the weekend while receiving the State Technical Working Group Committee on Girls Empowerment, supported by Save the Children International, in the state.
Jangebe said the state is faced with gross shortage of qualified teachers to manage its public primary schools, saying that majority of the teachers in public primary schools are not qualified to teach based on the report of schools assessment conducted by a team of indigenous professors.
In addition to that, Jangebe maintained that currently there are some public primary schools that do not have a single teacher to teach children living in those communities.
He said the board was willing to learnt from Save the Children through the establishment of pilot vocational training skills centres in some of the selected primary schools in the state, with a view to empower children and youths after their graduation from basic education studies.
He said the establishment of the centres would result in reducing poverty and persistent of unemployment among the teeming youth of the country, and would make them to be self-reliant in the society.
Save the Children Advocacy and Communication Officer, Mr Isa Ibrahim, said the organization was concerned about the number of children out of schools in the state, and therefore advocate for collective measures to ensure school aged children are enrolled, retained and complete their basic education including those in marginalized and remote communities of the state.
He said Save the Children was committed to working with relevant government organizations and institutions towards promoting educational retention and build the capacity of young girls and boys through vocational skills and subsequently giving them the opportunity to fulfil their equal rights using a three pillar approach: Participation, Protection, and Empowerment.
He said the organization would partner with state officials to ensure children of school age are enrolled back to school, especially girls, while children and parents above school age will attend adult literacy classes in each community
“Our organization has, so far, enrolled 1107 children back to school 423 in Zamfara and 219 in Katsina states respectively,” he said.