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Poor salary, late payment drove teachers out of public schools- Abia govt



Poor salary, late payment drove teachers out of public schools- Abia govt

Abia State Government has said poor salary and late payment by previous PDP administrations in the state made teachers leave the profession for other viable means of livelihood.


Abia State Deputy Chief of Staff, Chinedu Ekeke, disclosed this while speaking on lack of teachers in public schools in the state.


Mr Ekeke further disclosed that the poor salary and late payment experienced in the previous administrations of Orji Uzor Kalu, Theodore Orji and Okezie Ikpeazu, all Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) former governors in the state caused teachers to quit public schools.


The Deputy Chief of Staff further disclosed that most teachers worked out their way to ministry from classrooms because of poor salary and late paymen.


He, however, assured that the Alex Otti administration has started addressing the shortage of teachers in the public schools.


Nedu’s statement came after Alex Onyi, an education expert, disclosed that “Lots of public schools in Abia State are heavily understaffed.”


Onyia added “you can see a school that has just 2 teachers. The current teachers need urgent retraining and many more teachers need to be recruited.”


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In reaction, Ekeke said, “Your observation is correct, Alex. We are aware of this and will address it.”


Giving further information, Chinedu said, “Actually, we are on it. The first thing we did was to return all the teachers who left teaching and moved to the Ministry (because salaries were not paid).”


He said the state government would soon “recruit more teachers”. He said Governor Otti is “currently rehabilitating schools’. He assured, “we will fix it.”