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Bauchi Govt. Warns Teachers:Truancy Would not be Tolerated

By Adamu Shehu Bauchi

As third term began across Government Secondary Schools across Bauchi state, the state government has warned teachers to be wary of truancy to school which would not be tolerated henceforth.
The state Commissioner of Education Dr. Jamila Dahiru made this known during an unscheduled resumption monitoring visit to some secondary schools in the state capital.
The commissioner was accompanied by members of the monitoring team with the aim to checkmate how things are being done, especially shortly after schools resumption from break.
Dr. Dahiru directed that no teachers should be allowed to gain entrance into any school premises by 9am, warning that teachers must be on ground by 7:30am.
She says, “Based on the registers that we checked, we observed that some of the teachers are resuming work by 9am and the school management are not taking any action despite all effort
“We are paying you for your job and you also have passion for the job, so why would you be coming to school by 9 am?”
She further reveals that, “we have spoken with school management to strictly monitor and ensure compliance of the national standard for teaching and learning. Therefore, any teacher that is found guilty, we will take action.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner has threatened to revoke scholarship of ‘unserious’ SS3 students.
It should be recalled that Gov. Bala Mohammed in February 2024, released the sum of N396.9 million to pay for the 2023/2024 external examinations of 14,170 students in the public schools.
The external examinations paid for included the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the National Examination Council (NECO), National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The Commissioner who was furious with the low level of attendance of especially the final year students in some schools, recounted how she met not up to 20% of the SS3 students who were around when she visited a particular school.
“It is sad to acknowledge that we are not responsible as parents because I want to believe that they have parents who are seeing them attending school.
“If they don’t care, we want to channel our energy to those that care. That is why I gave a directive that each and every child that we are sponsoring must be in school throughout this term before they commence their examination.
“If they don’t want to come to prepare so that they can pass with ease, then we should give those that are ready by revoking theirs and that’s why we are emphasizing that the parents are responsible,” she maintained.

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