National Commission for Nomadic Education has identified dearth of teachers and lack of regular supervision of nomadic schools, by both local and state governments, as factors responsible for the decline in nomadic education in the country.
Acting Executive Secretary, NCNE, Mallam Ibrahim Yamta, made the observation on Tuesday, at the end of a three-day working visit to Ebonyi State.
Yamta also expressed displeasure at the dilapidating structures in most nomadic schools.
He, therefore, called on the Ebonyi State Government to put modalities in place for the employment of more teachers and regular supervision of all nomadic schools’ structures in the 13 local government areas of the state.
Yamta, who was represented by of officer in charge of administration in NCNE, Jacs Nkume, said Ebonyi, being an agrarian state, was not doing well when compared to other states, in terms of nomadic education.
He said, “The local government and the state should take over. They are the ones who will maintain the schools, pay the teachers and provide other necessary things. We wonder why this is not the situation in this place. It is not that the Federal Government should provide everything. We wonder what the state and local government are doing to maintain this structure put in place by the Federal Government. They shouldn’t allow it to be in a state of disrepair.”
He had earlier noted that the essence of the visit to Ebonyi State was to assess the performance of the commission’s activities in the state and to highlight the importance of nomadic education especially to migrant farmers across the state.
He added, “Our finding is that Ebonyi State, which is supposed to be the pilot state for the education of the migrant farmers, has very low teacher-pupil ratio; it is one to 43, which invariably means that we don’t have enough teachers.”
Meanwhile, in one of the schools visited by the commission, Nomadic Pastoral School situated at Ugwuachara community in Ebonyi Local Government Area, the Headmaster, Mr. Nkwuda Friday, lamented that the school was under-staffed and called on the state government to equip and renovate it as well as provide portable water for the pupils.