Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba on Monday.
Muoboghare said that figure was for secondary schools teachers salaries as the state government expenditure on primary schools teachers was not included in the figure.
He also said that the total workforce in secondary schools in Delta was about 19,000, with about 15,000 of the figure being teaching staff.
The commissioner further explained that the state had about 500 principals on grade level 16 heading schools and another 500 on merit grade level 16.
Muoboghare, however, said that effective January 2012, secondary schools in Delta would be merged as the idea of a school having junior school and senior school was unnecessary.
“Now you see we have schools like St Patrick’s College, Asaba having St Patrick’s College Junior and St Patrick’s College Senior.
“That is uncalled for, but in January when we merge we will have just St Patrick’s college, one school for both junior and senior.” he said.
The commissioner also said that the schools when merged would have just one authority or principal, adding that there was the need to de-congest schools in Delta.
“That is the only reason we are building new schools, as we do not intend to deny any child of school age in Delta education because it is his right.”
The commissioner further said that effective January 2012 too, only the most experienced teachers would be allowed to teach the junior secondary one students, as the students were freshly harvested from their homes.
“So they need experienced persons to start inculcating the right values into them from their first day of their secondary education,” Muoboghare said.
He told NAN the state government was also looking into the cases of 12 more schools, whose ownership were in contention, before the government would take a decision whether to hand them over or not.