In 2016 about 1,590 primary school teachers were promoted in Zamfara State.
The Executive Chairman, Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, Malam Murtala Adamu Jangebe, made this known while briefing journalists on state of affairs of primary education in the State.
He said 52 degree holders had each their salaries adjusted from grade level 03 to level 08, while 47 HND holders were adjusted also to grade level 08 each, and 219 Diploma holders were promoted to grade level 06. According to him the Board spent over twelve million naira on the exercise.
On the progress so far recorded by the Board in the area of enrollment, Malam Murtala Adamu said, when he came on board in 2011, the total enrollment of pupils in all the primary schools in the state was 300,000. But with last enrollment figure we currently have over 600,000 pupils across the eleven thousand six hundred and fifteen primary schools in the state.
In the area of infrastructural development, the Executive Chairman said our schools were in a seriously dilapidated condition, but from the inception of the Administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar in 2011 to date, it was able to construct 4, 000 class rooms.
Answering questions on the recent meager figure of 28 pupils that registered for this year’s FGCs common entrance examination, the Executive Chairman said ZSUBEB, as manager of basic education, came up with strategies that will facilitate for over 5, 000 pupils finishing primary six to seat for this year’s examination.
According to the Chairman, the Board, in collaboration with SBMC, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and ALGON had proposed for the careful selection of best ten pupils with a view to camping them at the nearest respective LGEAs for two weeks’ drill organized by some selected well-experienced teachers.
Malam Murtala Adamu said only 8,000 per head was budgeted. Multiplied by 5,044 target pupils, it amounted to 43, 000,000 only. He explained further that the Board did its best, as memo in that respect was already raised by it and submitted to the MLG&CA for further necessary action.
The Matawallen Jangebe further urge the public to discern the situation in order to understand that FGCs common entrance exam is entirely the responsibility of individual parents to decide, not the Government at all. It was unlike before when the common entrance exam is uniform in all the public and private primary schools across the federation without specifications to only FGCs.
Mallam Murtala Adamu, therefore, attributes the failure of FGCs registration to the parents but not the state government. This, according to him, indicates lack of attaching value to the educational pursuit of our children. The Matawallen Jangebe said all over the years there is general decay in formal education largely owing to non-challant attitude of greater percentage of parents in the society. He quickly, therefore, called on parents to make conscious effort to investment heavily in their children’s education especially at the grassroots level. He pointed out that if a child misses the golden opportunity at that foundation level of education, that unfortunate child will hardly gets it right quite smoothly at the remaining levels of education.
The Dean of SUBEB finally reassured to call for another stakeholders’ meeting before the present Administration rounds up, come 2019, to update them on what were the achievements recorded during the eight years of two-terms leadership of Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar in the areas of primary education.
Comrade Babangida Umar Zurmi, ANIPR, PRO, ZSUBEB.