The Kano State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has begun verification of certificates of primary school teachers as part of efforts to detect unqualified teachers in the state.
The Chairman of the board, Alhaji Wada Zakari, said this while briefing newsmen on the exercise in Kano on Monday.
He said the exercise became necessary in order to find out the exact number of teachers who lacked the requisite teaching qualification.
According to him, the exercise is also necessary to enable teachers who do not possess the minimum teaching qualification to enrol in the relevant institutions.
Zakari said the affected teachers would be given the opportunity to acquire the necessary teaching qualification within a stipulated period or be shown the way out.
“Any primary school teacher who does not have either NCE, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education(P-GDE) or its equivalent must enrol in the relevant institutions,’’ he said.
He said the state government had made arrangements with the relevant institutions in the state with a view to enabling the unqualified teachers to enrol and obtain the requisite teaching qualification.
“The measure is aimed at assisting the affected teachers to improve themselves because basic education is the foundation of education which we cannot afford to toy with.
“About 20,000 out of the 45, 000 teachers on the payroll of the board are unqualified,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the teachers to cooperate with the board in order to achieve the objective.