Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq yesterday painted a scary picture of teachers’ truancy in the state’s public schools.
He said recent census of schools in four local governments showed that 41 per cent of teachers were absent from their duty posts.
The governor spoke in Ilorin at the ‘Kwara Education Futures Summit.’
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Said he: “Huge gaps still exist. For instance, our recent school census across four local governments shows that 41 per cent of our teachers are absent at their duty posts. “No single teacher was seen in 54 of the 368 schools sampled, while 23 per cent of students in head teachers’ record were not in school during the census.
“Only 15 per cent of the schools sampled were rated as needing no repair, implying that 85 per cent of our classrooms require rehabilitation. The picture is bleaker when you consider availability or adoption of technology in our schools. The gender parity index for ratio of girls to boys in our school is another source of worry.
The governor added that at the summit, “we will analyze the current state of education in Kwara and develop actionable plan to build a new generation who can hold their own anywhere in the world.”
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