By Laleye Dipo in Minna
The Chairman of Agwara Local Government in Niger State, Alhaji Jafaru Mohammed, has expressed great concern over the shortage of teachers in primary schools in the area, saying that the situation is affecting the standard of education in the local government.
Mohammed expressed his dissatisfaction with the situation last week when he addressed stakeholders on how to turn the fortunes of education in the area around.
The local government boss said that only 182 teachers were presently employed to man 79 schools in the area, lamenting also that as a result of the rural nature of the local government, teachers employed usually rejected such appointment resulting in some schools being closed.
He told the stakeholders that “if urgent step is not taken to address the challenges, the enrolment of pupils in schools will continue to decline
“The council has within its limited resources tried to salvage the situation without success,” the chairman said before appealing to the state government to assist it revamp the education sector.
He suggested that lifting the embargo on employment was one of the ways the government could transform the sector.
Mohammed also appealed to public spirited individuals to partner with the local government for the revival of the sector.