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AS part of measures to stem the shortage of qualified teachers in primary and junior secondary schools in the country, 14 states and Federal Capital Territory have decided to employ 1000 teachers each from the Federal Teachers Scheme.

The states are Adamawa, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Ondo, Oyo, Yobe, Zamfara and FCT.

The FTS teachers were posted to states for a two-year internship programme, after which the states were to absorb them for their schools.

Unfortunately, the states have up till now refused to employ the teachers because of unresolved issues of payment and quality of the participants, thereby generating some tension over the fate of the teachers and the scheme.

But, in a news release on Monday, the executive secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed, stated that the commission had received the consent of 14 states and the FCT to employ about 1000 teachers each from the FTS.

“The commission has just received heart-warming news from 14 State Universal Basic Education Boards and the FCT to the effect that their governments have approved the employment of over 1,000 (first batch) participants to each state,” he said.

“The participants will be employed on a permanent and pensionable basis as from November 1, 2008.

“This is very encouraging and indicative of these state governments’ resolve to play leading roles in basic education delivery in the country.

“The commission wishes to remind the remaining 24 states that have not approved the employment of the FTS participants of the need to do so in order to redress the challenges of teachers’ shortage in the states.”

The Federal Government in 2006 decided to intervene directly in the problem of shortage of teachers in the country by establishing the FTS, in which participants with National Certificate of Education are recruited and deployed to states to salvage the basic education sector.

The first batch of the participants had just concluded their two-year programme and the second batch is expected to be posted to the states next week.


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