The Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board (AKSSEB) says the board needs 500 new teachers yearly to fill vacancies created in the system by retirement, withdrawal and untimely death.
The AKSSEB Permanent Secretary, Mr Akpan Solomon, made the call on Monday in Uyo, while defending the board’s budget estimates for 2016 before the State House of Assembly.
Solomon said that the current enrolment in public secondary schools in the state was 347, 697, while the number of teaching staff stood at 11,000 only.
He noted that the number of teaching staff was grossly inadequate to guarantee effective teaching and learning in the 285 public secondary schools in the state.
Solomon said that the board needed to recruit qualified teachers regularly to meet up increased number of students occasioned by the free education policy of the state government.
The permanent secretary noted that the 2016 allocation of N188.09 million was grossly inadequate for the services of the board as no fund was released last year.
He requested for the provision of utility vehicles to the board for effective monitoring and supervision of schools in the state.
Solomon said that the 25 Local Education Committees (LECs) under the board were in deplorable shape and needed N25.3 million for renovation work.
Mr Usoro Akpanusoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation and Finance, advised the board to strengthen the quality of education in the state.
Akpanusoh urged the board to see monitoring and supervision of schools as its core mandate in order to improve standard of secondary education in the state. (NAN)