Committee On Upgraded Teaching Programme Submits Report To Kano MOE

 By Bashir Ishaq Muhammad, Kano

The Verification Committee on the upgraded teaching programme has submitted it’s report to Kano State Ministry of Education.

This development was contained in a statement signed on Tuesday and made available to this paper, by Balarabe Abdullahi Kiru, the Director Public Enlightenment, Kano State Ministry of Education.

It could be recalled that a 6-man Committee was recently set up by the ministry to critically appraise the request of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) towards addressing the impending issues of the Teacher Upgraded Programme.

The upgrade programme was initiated with approval given to SUBEB in 2014 to begin professional upgrade of all unqualified teachers in the state to acquire the minimum teaching qualification of NCE as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.

Presenting the report to the state Commissioner of Education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa, the Chairman of the Committee also Special Adviser to the Governor on Education Alhaji Tajuddeen Gambo maintained that the committee had gone round all the selected institutions that offered the training and compiled a report on the current status of the upgraded teaching programme.

He disclosed that among the terms of references given to the committee was to get the number of schools that provided the training, the number of students who participated in the training and the amount so far paid for the programme.

Alhaji Tajuddeen revealed that based on the committee’s finding, six schools were selected for the training programme that include Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education which has a total number of 7319 students, Federal College of Education Kano with 3252 students while Federal College of Education Bichi has 2044 students who participated in the Programme.

Tajuddeen Gambo added that among the schools were Aminu Kano College of Islamic and legal studies having 4711, Kano State College of Education and Preliminary Studies with 1415 students and Special Training Programme Kumbotso which has 1745 students respectively.

On the amount being paid so far on the upgraded programme, Alhaji Tajuddeen said the committee found out that the total sum of one billion, nineteen million, three hundred and ninety seven, three hundred naira (N1,19,397,300.00) had been paid to the six schools that offered the training.

Tajuddeen also explained that the sum of three hundred and seventy four million, five hundred and fifty four thousand, six hundred and ninety nine naira (N374,554,699.48) remains the outstanding balance to be paid to the institutions.

” It is gratifying to report that the students were given all the necessary trainings and government had made payment of the training charges but the committee discovered that there are still some outstanding balances that need to be settled.

” The committee also found out that some of the students have completed the programme, some got retired before completion while some of the students died before graduating ” the Chairman announced.

Receiving the report, the State Commissioner of Education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Hajiya Kubra Imam said considering the composition of the competent people involved in the committee, the members did what is required by the given terms of references.

” the committee has the group of the right persons that can do what is required. I therefore wish to thank you immensely for taking your time to come up with the report ” the Commissioner said.

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Doguwa assured the committee that government would do what is possible to address all the outstanding issues about the teacher upgrading programme and ensure that all the beneficiaries collected their certificates.