It has been reported that the Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has painted a scary picture of teachers’ truancy in the state’s public schools.
He said a recent census of schools in four local governments showed that 41 percent of teachers were absent from their duty posts.
The governor spoke in Ilorin at the ‘Kwara Education Futures Summit.’
“Huge gaps still exist. For instance, our recent school census across four local governments shows that 41 percent of our teachers are absent at their duty posts. “No single teacher was seen in 54 of the 368 schools sampled, while 23 percent 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 percent of our classrooms require rehabilitation. The picture is bleaker when you consider the 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.”
Meanwhile, Governor, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has also said that Kwara and Niger States are prepared to strengthen existing collaboration to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties in the two states.
In a statement issued shortly after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting held in the Government House, Ilorin, and signed by the Special Adviser on Political Communications to Kwara State Governor, Mr. Bashr Adigun, and made available to journalists, stated that the gesture would also boost socio-economic development of the two states.
The governor, who also expressed grave concern with reports of degradation of multi-billion Naira natural endowments by some criminal elements in parts of Baruten Local Government of the state, said that he would reach out to his Niger State counterpart for maximum security collaboration to put an end to such criminal activities.
Governor AbdulRazaq disclosed that Kwara and Niger States accounted for 60 percent of Shea butter production in the country, regretting that deforestation activities by some of the criminal elements in parts of the state constituted serious danger to the preservation of natural endowments.