In recent months, the mention of the two words; Kaduna and teachers, only means trouble and controversies.

But it looks like the government of the northern state is gradually finding some stability with its teaching workforce.

The government on Sunday said it would introduce juicy incentives for teachers posted to public schools in rural areas of the state.

The state Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Ja’afaru Sani made the disclosure at a news conference in Kaduna.

According to him, the measure becomes necessary to retain qualified and professional teachers posted to rural areas.

“Currently, we have more teachers in urban areas than we have in rural areas because the salary package is the same and so whenever teachers are posted to rural schools they redeploy to urban centres.

“Gov Nasir El-Rufa’i has directed the ministry of education and other relevant stakeholders to come up with juicy incentives that will keep quality teachers in rural areas.”

Sani also said that plans are underway for upward review of teachers’ remuneration and introduction of other welfare packages to make the profession more attractive.

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“We will also introduce a programme of identifying super teachers and motivate them to encourage excellence,” he added.

Sani said that the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) would post the first batch of newly recruited teachers to primary schools early February.

“But I want to assure you that the state government will not shift its ground in entrenching quality and standard in teaching and learning in its schools.

“The El-Rufa’i led-administration strongly believe that only access to affordable and quality education would ensure social mobility for children of the poor.

“Only quality education will equip them with the needed skills to be creative, inventive and be part of the social movement towards development and self fulfilment,” Sani said.

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