The challenging educational landscape in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State has come to the forefront, with a staggering 79 schools functioning with just one teacher each, responsible for teaching all subjects.
Korijo Umar, the Director of School Services at the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, shed light on this concerning situation during a media interaction organized by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). The discussion focused on efforts to boost enrollment rates for out-of-school children in Misau and Alkaleri Local Government Areas.
Umar, addressing the issue at Central Primary School in Misau LGA, acknowledged that not only Misau but schools across the state suffer from inadequate teaching staff. He shared, “Within Misau, there are 79 schools where only one teacher is assigned, though there are no schools entirely devoid of teachers. Every school does have teachers, yet the numbers are insufficient.”
Umar highlighted that while the situation in Misau LGA is relatively better, other schools grapple with even more severe circumstances. The approach adopted involves redistributing teachers from congested schools to those facing scarcity. Umar explained, “We analyze the overcrowded situations and reassign teachers accordingly. The message we’ve conveyed from SUBEB is that if teachers are found in abundance at a particular school, they should be reallocated to two or three other schools where the need is greater.”
Drawing attention to the broader issue, Umar mentioned, “In the city of Bauchi, you’ll witness classrooms accommodating as many as 150, 200, 220, or even 250 students, with just one teacher.”
When inquired about the actions taken by SUBEB to tackle this crisis, Umar clarified, “SUBEB’s role involves teacher placement rather than direct employment. Employing teachers is within the purview of the Teachers Service Commission, working collaboratively with SUBEB.”
The situation in Misau underscores the critical need for comprehensive efforts to enhance educational infrastructure, recruit additional teaching staff, and ensure a conducive learning environment for all students.