By Bode Olushegun
776 newly-recruited teachers are to be deployed in secondary schools in Borno State on resumption of schools in the state after the long break due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This is part of the state government’s planned reform of secondary school education in the state.
A statement on Tuesday by the spokesperson of Governor Babagana Zulum, Mallam Isa Gusau, said 776 newly-recruited teachers would join Borno’s Secondary Schools on November 1, 2020, less than three weeks from now.
He said this was made known on Tuesday in Maiduguri after a meeting with commissioners of the State’s Ministries of Higher Education, Senior Secondary Education, and chairman, Borno State Universal Basic Education Board (BOSUBEB) in charge of primary and junior secondary schools and other stakeholders in Borno’s education sector.
He said the governor directed the State Ministry of Education and the State Universal Basic Education Board to also recruit some qualified retired teachers, particularly science teachers on ad hoc basis.
This, he said, would bridge the existing gap (shortage) of science teachers across the State.
Governor Zulum also said that as soon as ongoing verification exercise of primary schools teachers was completed, he would approve the recruitment of new teachers for primary and junior secondary schools through the State Universal Education Board.
The governor also announced that the State Executive Council had resolved to extend retirement age of tutors at state-owned tertiary institutions.
He disclosed that a bill had already been sent to the State Assembly to that effect.