In Damaturu, there has been a very worrying development to the sate government over the mass failure of students who sat for the 2015 SSCE and NECO examinations.
The newly appointed chairman of Yobe Teaching Service Board Alhaji Ali Baba Maidala expressed displeasure over the news in an interview with the media. He said that the board, which oversees all the secondary schools in Yobe State, would do everything possible to ensure that the SSS3 students that would sit for SSCE and NECO this year performed reasonably well to justify the huge amount of money budgeted education in 2016 budget.
Alhaji Maidala, who assumed office less than a month ago, noted the unprofessional attitude of teachers in secondary schools across the state, and said that it would soon be a thing of the past.
He said upon resuming office, he paid an unscheduled visit to over 10 secondary schools to assess and get first hand information regarding the standard of education and the reason behind last year’s mass failure of students who sat for SSCE and NECO examination.
He noted that the government saw education as the bedrock to human development, hence the necessary motivation of teachers, which he lamented did not reflect in their job.
“We have just sent some of our science teachers to a work shop in Gombe State to keep abreast of the modern laboratory equipment being used in Biology, Physics and Chemistry; this was paid for by the state government.
‘’Salaries are paid as at when due and I can conveniently tell you that we have no ghost teachers in the state and we shall intensify supervision of teachers across the state to enable us discipline any of them that engaged in truancy,” he said