Governor Babagana Umara Zulum said Qualified teachers in primary schools across Borno State will soon begin to enjoy N30,000 minimum wage, as against the current situation in which some number of teachers receive as low as N11,000 due to activities of ghost teachers.
Zulum stated this at the Government House in Maiduguri, while inaugurating the reconstituted board of the Borno State Universal Basic Education Board, which got a new Executive Chairman, permanent and non-permanent members. The reconstitution was necessitated by the expiration of tenures served by former members of the UBE board.
The reconstituted board has Professor Bulama Kagu as the Executive Chairman, Abubakar Mai Deribe as a permanent member, 1; Sadiq Abdallah as a permanent member, 2 and Habu Daja Aliyu as a permanent member, 3 alongside representatives of stakeholder ministries.
“One major issue in Borno’s primary education system today is the welfare of teachers. It is pathetic that there are teachers who are still collecting between N13,000 and N11,000. I want to assure, that despite economic challenges, we are working to ensure that every qualified teacher in Borno State earns a minimum of N30,000 which is the national minimum wage” Zulum said.
The Governor also said, a number of unqualified teachers identified during assessments, who are trainable, will be sent for professional teachers training, to acquire skills and methodologies that can help them teach effectively.
He however noted that those that are not trainable will be transferred to other departments as non-academic staff in schools.
Zulum ruled out retrenchment including those of untrainable teachers, so as not to increase an already high unemployment rate, with social implications.