The Kano State Government says it has discovered about 3,268 of its teaching staff who are working in private schools.
The state’s Ministry for Education made this known in a statement released by its Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Yusuf.
This is coming barely three weeks after the state directed the civil service to redeploy about 5,000 civil servants with qualification in education to classrooms as one of the measures being put in place to address acute shortage of teachers in the state’s public schools.
The discovery, according to the statement, was made barely three days after the commencement of screening exercise by the committee for the recall of teachers on the state’s payroll.
“The Committee which is under the chairmanship of Dr. Ibrahim Bichi (Executive Secretary, Kano State Library Board) by has further uncovered that some of the identified staff, have spent more than 10 to 15 years serving in private schools, while enjoying monthly salaries from either state or local government pay rolls in addition to furthering their studies for higher degrees ranging from MSc and PhD certificates,” the statement read.
The government added that the committee’s finding also exposed how the teachers on such postings enjoy consistent promotions up to directorship cadre.
The committee also said it uncovered a single private school with more than 50 teachers posted from government schools over the years.
It described the situation as a negative development that must be put to a halt to address the lingering problem of teachers shortfall in public schools.
The ministry said the whole exercise is aimed at sanitising the state education system for the better.