Enugu state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has approved and instructed the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) to recruit additional 1,500 primary school teachers to enhance basic education in the state.
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) also approved for the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) to pursue the re-accreditation of the institution’s courses that the previous accreditation had expired. Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council’s meeting, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, disclosed 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. He stressed that Governor Ugwuanyi, through his grassroots development initiatives, has provided in the rural areas, some amenities that attract people to urban centres. According to Prof. Eze: “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.”
He explained 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 in the classrooms for effective teaching and learning. The education commissioner further disclosed that “the council directed ENSUBEB to make arrangement for the recruitment of additional 1, 500 to ensure that those who are qualified are appropriately placed so that our children will continue to benefit.”
On IMT, Eze stated that the fund 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 maintained the approval was in line with Ugwuanyi’s interest in ensuring that IMT is repositioned.
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 programs 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”.