Enugu State Government has approved and directed the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) to employ additional 1,500 primary school teachers to enhance primary education in the state.
The state government also approved the sum of N252,456,917.67 (two hundred and fifty two million, four hundred and fifty six thousand, nine hundred and seventeen naira, sixty seven kobo) for the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) to enhance re-accreditation of the institution’s courses whose prior accreditation had expired.
Addressing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council’s meeting, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, revealed that the basic requirement for the recruitment is National Certificate of Education (NCE), adding that the candidates must have teaching background and would accept to reside and teach in the rural communities.
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He stressed that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, through his grassroots development initiatives, has provided in the rural areas, some amenities that are found in urban areas.
Professor Eze said:
“His Excellency is committed and determined to ensure that teachers continue to be available at the basic education level so that our children will benefit from the investment that the state government is making in the education sector”.
Furthermore, He narrated that “a good number of our teachers at the primary school level have retired and some lost to death”, noting the recruitment exercise was to fill the vacuum created to ensure availability of teachers at the classrooms for effective teaching and learning.
Also, the commissioner further revealed that “the council directed ENSUBEB to make arrangement for the recruitment of additional one thousand five hundred teachers to ensure that those who are qualified are appropriately placed so that our children will continue to benefit”.
On IMT, Professor Eze stated that the fund to carry work that will enhance the expired accreditation was approved sequel to a presentation by the Governing Council and management of the institution, which informed the EXCO of the need for the re-accreditation of the courses on the premise that “when a course is accredited, after five years, that course needed re-accreditation”.
He opined that the approval was in line with Gov. Ugwuanyi’s interest in ensuring that the institute is brought to standard.
In His words: “You will recall that since the inception of this administration, His Excellency has invested so much in IMT because he believes that IMT is the prime institution in this state and that he has to do whatever it takes to make sure that he brings IMT back to its former glory.
“You will also recall that last year about N1 billion was invested in infrastructural development. He also released funds earlier for the accreditation but because accreditation is a continuous process, as the programmes expire, a re-accreditation is expected. This is why, His Excellency, at the State Executive Council’s meeting, saw it as very important to ensure that courses are re-accredited in IMT”.