The Kaduna State Government has announced the increment of public school teachers’ salary by 32.5 per cent.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ja’afaru Sani disclosed this at a news conference in Kaduna.
Sani said that 27.5 per cent would be added to all the teachers, while five per cent was incentive for teachers posted to rural areas.
According to him, while head teachers would be entitled to 3-Bedroom accommodation, other teachers would have 2-
bedrooms flats in addition to motorcycles to ease their transportation challenges to schools.
He said the measure became necessary to retain qualified and professional teachers posted to rural areas.
“Currently, we have more teachers in urban areas than we have in rural areas because the salary package is the same and so whenever teachers are posted to rural schools they redeploy to urban centres,’’ he said.
Sani, while assuring the there will be quality and standard in teaching and learning in schools across the state added that the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) would post the first batch of 10,000 newly recruited teachers to primary schools within the next two weeks.
“The El-Rufa’i led-administration strongly believes that only access to affordable and quality education will ensure social mobility for children of the poor.
“Only quality education will equip them with the needed skills to be creative, inventive and be part of the social movement towards development and self-fulfilment,” Sani said.
On the replacement of the sacked 22,000 teachers, Sani said selection of the first batch of 10,000 teachers for posting across the 23 local government areas was in the final stage.
The commissioner explained that 36, 097 applicants sat for the recruitment examination, which was marked at NTI by lecturers of Federal College of Education, Zaria and Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya.
By Nsikak Nseyen