Oyo State Uncovers 10,000 Dormant Teachers Via Verification Exercise


In an attempt to get an accurate and reliable database, the Oyo State Government have discovered about ten thousand dormant teachers after a thorough verification exercise.

Those discovered were primary school teachers under the state Universal Basic Education Board, (UBE).

According to the results gotten, pupil-teacher ratio is 14 to 1 at primary school level. Whereas optimally, the ratio supposed to be 30 pupils to a teacher.

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Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Ibadan, the state capital,  the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Prof. Joseph Adeniyi Olowofela, described the situation as disturbing and retrogressive as he insisted that there is no going back on restructuring of schools.

He said the outcome of the verification confirmed there were more teachers in some classes than necessary.“In Oyo State today, we realised that if we are to go by the optimal ratio of 30 pupils to a teacher, over 10,000 teachers will have to be moved to other productive sectors of the economy.

“There are schools with no pupils, yet teachers are assigned to such schools. In most of the schools, we found cases of three teachers per class handling 20 pupils,” Olowofela said.

Allaying fears of a witch-hunt, Olowofela maintained that the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration has no intention to retrench any civil servant, noting that the objective of the exercise is to run an efficient and effective administration.


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