A study carried out by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) shows that Enugu State has the second highest number of qualified teachers in the Junior Secondary School cadre across the country.
The report puts Enugu State’s qualified teachers’ population at 84.3%, second only to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which has a figure of 85.1%.
The report is particularly significant coming a few days before World Teachers Day (October 5), a day set aside globally to honour the painstaking sacrifice of teachers and the important role they play in shaping societies.
Speaking on the recent report, the state’s education commissioner, Professor Uche Eze, said Enugu’s impressive score is reflective of the huge investments the current administration has made towards the sector’s revamp in the last five years.
“Between 2015 and 2020, over 4,500 teachers have been employed at the primary school level alone,” he said, noting that the state’s policy is to replace teachers as they retire.
“The Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration doesn’t simply recruit teachers; it actually goes for the best,” he added.
“When the first recruitments were made, there was an aptitude test. The essence of that aptitude test was to ensure that everyone who presented an NCE certificate could actually defend that certificate.
“There was also an approval for employment of 2,000 teachers at the secondary school level. So, within the period under review, over 6,000 teachers have been employed at the basic and post-basic levels. The idea is that before the governor leaves office in 2023, our public schools must have attained basic international standards.”