Only 31% of Borno teachers are competent, the rest are not trained, assessment panel tells Zulum


A committee set up to conduct assessment for teachers in Borno says only 31 percent of teachers in the state are competent to teach.

Babagana Zulum, Borno governor, had tasked the committee with conducting basic literacy and numeracy competency assessment for 17,229 local education authority teachers across the 27 LGAs of the state.

The report was presented to the governor yesterday at the government house in Maiduguri by Lawan Wakilbe, the Borno commissioner for education.

Assessment tests were said to have been conducted for the teachers in January 2022.

According to the report, out of 17,229 teachers, only 5,439 — representing 31.6% — proved competent to teach, while 3,815 teachers — representing 22.1% — are not competent to teach and are not trainable.

Although 7,975 teachers — representing 46.3% — were found not to be fully competent, the report indicated that they could be trained.

The report also disclosed that 2,389 teachers — representing 13.9% — have been teaching without any formal qualification from any institution.

A further breakdown showed that out of 224 teachers in Abadam LGA, only 14 are competent to teach, 74 are untrainable, while 136 can be trained.

Out of 272 teachers in Kala-Balge LGA, only 21 were identified as competent to teach, 118 of them untrainable, while 133 are said to need training.

Reacting to the report, Zulum said the committee members had informed him that they came across an NCE holder who performed woefully during a test, but was teaching students.

“We cannot move Borno forward unless we are able to sanitise our public school system and if I am able to sanitise education, I would have achieved 50% of what I set out to achieve as governor,” he said.