World Bank to use 6 states to measure teachers’ performance in Nigeria

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World-Bank-Country-Director-Marie-Francoise-Marie-NellyThe World Bank Nigeria Country Director, Ms Marie-Francois Marie-Nelly, said the bank had identified six states to be used as pilot scheme to measure teachers’ performance in schools.

Marie-Nelly disclosed this in an interview with News men at the ongoing 20th Nigerian Economic Summit on Wednesday in Abuja.

The theme of the summit is “Transforming Education through Partnership for Global Competitiveness’’.

According to her, the six states cut across the six geo-political zones.

“We hope to expand to the 36 states in the country to help track performance in the primary and secondary schools.

“We want to find out some of the questions that parents would want to know.

“If the teachers are capable of teaching, how many hours they spend in class and the kind of tools they use,” she said.

According to her, the measure will also check the kind of materials and textbooks available for them to teach the students.

She said that government had been spending resources on education sector and there was need to track performance to ensure there was value for money invested.

She explained that current research by the bank showed that teachers in Nigeria and other African countries spent about three hours 45 minutes only per day in class for teaching.

She said that it was observed that 25 per cent of their time was spent out of the class.

The country director also added that findings showed that textbooks were very minimal as three students shared one textbook in a class.

“The findings from the pilot scheme will help the bank to design line of improvement to be presented to the states,’’ she said.

She urged parents to continue to help in ensuring accountability in schools across the country.