In a town hall meeting on state of education held on Wednesday, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, said its audit carried out by the state’s Information and Communications Technology, showed that 789 teachers out of 1,379 obtained their Primary School Leaving Certificates before the age of eight or nine.
Gov. Oshiomhole also added that “some of the records show there were a few who were particularly gifted and finished primary school before they were born. We found that of all our primary school teachers, only 1,287 representing nine percent out of 14,484 teachers had proper and accurate records in our system. Of this, 91 percent had various forms of discrepancies in their records".
He revealed another fact stating that about 1,379 teachers representing 11.5 percent claim that they obtained their primary school certificates after they had been employed as teachers. In fact, some obtained their Primary School Certificates not more than two years ago, from the school in which they were employed as teachers.
“The question then is whether they went to Teachers’ Training College or obtained National Certificate of Education, NCE, before they went to primary school. These are facts that have been well documented. It will not be helpful to the cause of education and our resolve to deliver quality education to our pupils if we do not deal with these issues decisively.”
Gov. Oshiomhole who reeled out statistics on the teacher-student ratio in all the LGAs of the state, pointed out that the average of 30 students per teacher in the Edo state was much lower than the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO recommendation on student-teacher ratio.