By Edem Edem, Calabar
Governor of Cross River State Prof Ben Ayade has ordered the sack of 11 workers of the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The sacked workers were classroom teachers in Biase Local Government Area of the State. The teachers according to our findings failed to tender the requisite qualification before a screening the board.
The SUBEB Board Chairman Dr. Stephen Odey told the unqualified teachers of their dismissal during the teacher’s verification and promotion exercise, which took place in Biase Local Government Area of the state.
He said: “You have no business being in the teaching profession without the requisite qualification, you cannot give what you do not have. If you want to become a teacher, do the right thing by going to school to read and qualify for the job”
“Your services will henceforth be needed in the area of tackling insecurity challenges being faced by the school”.
He expressed worries over decline in the number of pupils enrolled in the public primary schools and attributed it to the fallen standard of basic education in the state.
“Gone are the days when teachers were highly respected in the society, not now that we are struggling to get respect. The reason is because a lot of un-qualified people have found their way in to the system. It was on such premise that most parents are withdrawing their wards from public schools to private schools which are not even more equipped than the public schools”.
Dr Odey charged teachers to live up to their responsibilities by making use of available resources to improve the standard of education in the country.
On the issue of regular payment of teachers’ salaries in the state, he said, “SUBEB has not taken over payment of salaries yet. The Ministry of Local Government is still responsible for that. When we eventually take over payment of your salaries, you will not have any cause to complain.”