By Aliyu Dangida
The United Kingdom Government known as Foreign Commonwealth Development Office ( FCDO) has applauded the initiative adopted by Jigawa state Government in the recruitment of 6,000 teachers.
The Senior Education Adviser for Partnership For Learning For All in Nigeria (PLANE) FCDO, a UK funded project, Mr. Ian Attifield made the commendation when he paid a courtesy visit to the state Governor Malam Umar Namadi at Government House Dutse.
According to Mr. Ian the one day working visit to Jigawa state was aimed at assessing the impacts of their intervention in the area of Improving Foundation Skills and Quality Learning in the state.
According to him, the formula adopted by Jigawa state for teachers recruitment will assist in recruiting qualified teachers and also those who have passion for the profession.
“The policy we have noticed on ground in Jigawa state has demonstrated the state government commitment to improve access to quality learning and also address the challenges of high rate of out of school children, we appreciate the effort and we are ready to strength our partnership for achieving the desire goals.
“Our intervention in PLANE also include supporting the Civil Societies, Traditional and Community Leaders and general public to participate in supporting the educational development by playing the expected roles of all state and non state actors”. Said Mr. Ian
Speaking, Governor Malam Umar Namadi explained that, Jigawa state has been enjoying support from FCDO in different aspects which includes Education, Health and Good Governance among others.
He stated further that, the PLANE project has provide so many insight and technical guidance on how best the state can improve access to the quality education to all children in the state.
“We introduced formula of recruiting temporary teachers known as J-Teach, and after one year we will observe those that are qualified and also demonstrated passion to the job to a permanent appointment, this will continue untill we have enough and qualified teachers in our classrooms.
“Education is one of the critical sector in the 12 point agenda of my administration, we are ready to do everything, to improve the sector including partner with any good partners as well as spending our last Kobo to reform the sector for growth and sustainable development”. Gov. Namadi added.