The Nasarawa state governor Tanko Al-makura on Monday said that eighty per cent of teachers in Nasarawa State are not qualified and would fail an aptitude test if it was administered on them.
The governor, said this in a speech at the opening ceremony of a conference to review the minimum standards of the National Certificate of Education (NCE), in Akwanga.
Al-Makura said that government had carried out some research and found that most primary and secondary school teachers should not be in the classes.
Al-Makura, who was represented by Aliyu Tijjani Ahmed, Commissioner for Education, however said that government would not conduct a test on the teachers.
“We are not planning a test for the teachers; we only intend to train and retrain them so as to build their capacities for better service delivery,” he said.
He appealed to the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), and other stakeholders to step-up supervision in order to save the sector from total collapse.
The governor advised the reviewers to pay special attention to technical education and entrepreneurship to make NCE graduates more attractive to employers of labour.
Prof. Bappah Aliyu, Executive Secretary of NCCE, in his speech, said that the conference would review the current curriculum and inject new ideas so as to boost the quality of the graduates.