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WAEC Mass Failure Bauchi Dangles Axe Over Primary, Secondary School Teachers

Teachers in Bauchi state may lose their jobs as the state government plans a verification exercise to weed out unqualified teachers

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Students in a Bauchi school. Picture taken on Saturday, 7th August 2010 play

Students in a Bauchi school. Picture taken on Saturday, 7th August 2010

Teachers in Bauchi state are in the eye of the storm as the state government has announced plans to clean up the educational system following students' dismal performance in the 2014 WAEC examinations.

According to the state state commissioner of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad Aminu, who spoke in Bauchi last week, a verification exercise will be carried out throughout the state.

Aminu said the purpose of the exercise is to weed out unqualified teachers in both the primary and secondary schools in the state in order to improve the standards of education..

"The Minimum qualification of Teaching is National Certificate of Education, NCE, but many diploma holders were employed as teachers and you cannot expect quality from them,” Aminu said.

He said the ministry is only waiting for approval from the state governor to begin the verification.

"We have already sent our recommendation to the Governor seeking for his consent and approval in order to chart the way forward."

The commissioner however added that parents' seeming unconcern and teachers' lack of dedication all contribute to the poor performance of students.

There are already fears that the screening will lead to job losses.

But Aminu said the teachers will be sent on training while others will be redeployed.

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