The security of the jobs of 5,119 teachers and 541 headmasters in the
employ of the Bayelsa State government will only be guaranteed if they
perform well in tests to be conducted after one week training to be organised soon.

Governor Seriake Dickson told  members of the Bayelsa State Universal
Basic Education Board and others who attended a stakeholders’ meeting
in Yenagoa that only those teachers who perform creditably in the
one-week intensive training and retraining programme will be allowed
to remain in the school system.

He explained that the move is part of plan to strengthen the free
education policy of the state.

“The exercise is part of Government’s plan to make drastic changes in
the education sector in line with its free and compulsory education
policy”, said the Governor who stressed that the teachers will
henceforth be regularly exposed to the basic rudiments and modern
methods of teaching.

“A total of 5,119 teachers and 541 headmasters from public primary
schools in the state are expected to be trained, retrained and be
tested on the skills acquired at the end of the exercise,” he added.

Dickson also expressed worry over the ratio of non-academic staff to
academic staff in primary schools, which is 5,119 teachers to 4,287
non-teachers and directed an immediate downsizing of the non-academic
staff to free up funds for other essential needs.

He announced that 300 science and ICT teachers will be recruited and
deployed to all primary and secondary schools across the state.

In his remarks, the Education Commissioner, Chief Salo Adikumo, said
the meeting was aimed at rubbing minds with stakeholders on best ways
to tackle the development of education initiated by the

But of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) is
grumbling over what it described as lack of consultation with members
on the way forward for education in the state.

A top member of the NUT  said  the even the state NUT Chairman crashed
into the stakeholders meeting with the Governor.  He was not invited
but only heard it and rushed there late.

“The state NUT should be consulted for a way forward in the
government’s bid to reposition education in the state but we are
totally sidelined”,  the source said.

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