The Gombe State Government has said it would conduct competency test for teachers in the state to identify their training needs, enhance their capacity and the quality of education.
It added that “those found to be unqualified would be transferred to administrative posts because our classrooms are for professionals only”.
The state Commissioner for Education, Dr Habu Dahiru, disclosed this in Gombe on Friday.
Dahiru said the test was aimed at addressing teachers’ performance challenges with a view to enhancing the quality of education, stressing “teachers are key to getting the education quality in the state’’.
He said, “We have an issue in the education sector and we have to address that issue in specifics.’
“We are now conducting teachers audit to know how many teachers are in our schools, how many have the qualifications and do not and after that, we will do the competency test.
“The test is a guide to tell us where we are, and, how we are going to further strengthen the quality of teaching and education in the state.
“If you do not have the qualification, you will go and get it or we will transfer such persons to be administrative officers because our classrooms are for professionals only.
“When we find those teachers that are not very competent or even those that are competent but need to be updated on current teaching methodologies and practices, then we will know how to go about it.”
“We cannot give all the teachers the same training, hence competency test to help them measure up with the standard.
“Education is a priority the present administration would focus more on its quality to give the needed results in external examinations and students’ performance.
“As you know, we have declared an emergency in the education sector and that means that we are not just concerned with quantity but also quality.
“This is why we established the Teachers Training Institute in Kwami,” he said.
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