Primary school teachers have begun biometric registration across the 18 Local Government Areas in Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr. Steven Odey told newsmen in Calabar, that the exercise followed a directive from the State Governor, Ben Ayade.
Dr. Odey stressed that conducting the biometric registration would enhance prompt payment of teachers’ salaries and eliminate the ghost worker syndrome.
According to him, the payment of primary school teachers’ salaries will now be the responsibility of SUBEB.
“The Governor directed that payment of primary school teachers’ salaries should be handled by SUBEB. Before now, all we did was employ, discipline, but not pay salaries. There has been a lot of outcry about the non-payment of teachers’ salaries and to get out of this quagmire, the Governor directed that SUBEB take over such payment,” Odey said.
“Our focus is to ensure that we make the system function effectively. We know the schools; we know how many teachers there are. The best international standard for easy payment is the biometric data capture. It will enable us eliminate ghost workers, while giving clear data on the numeric strength of our teachers,” the Chairman stated.
The SUBEB Boss remarked that the board conducted an intensive personnel audit of primary school teachers in the northern and central districts of Cross River State and uncovered 252 quacks in the profession.
Odey noted that the board also embarked on a verification of 50seized certificates from a particular teachers’ college and discovered that of the number 32 were fakes.
“The first exercise I conducted was personnel audit. I was shocked to discover that some teachers were very incompetent. They were unable to communicate effectively. When we talk about the fallen standard of education, the quality of the teacher is the ultimate,” he stated.
The Chairman further hinted that the personnel audit for the southern district would be conducted alongside the biometric registration, which begins from the same area.
Odey added that the board was set to employ a thousand more teachers for balance, since the school system extends to Junior Secondary schools.