Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Abuja natives urge FCTA to employ indigenes in rural schools

Indigenes of the Federal capital territory, wants the FCT Administration to give utmost priority to Abuja natives while recruiting teachers into the additional secondary schools recently approved.

The indigenes under the aegis of the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Association, say the employment of indigenous teachers in rural schools will check the trend of ghost workers as well as promote teacher motivation in such schools.

The FCT Administration had recently given approval for the establishment of additional 15 new senior secondary schools in selected communities across the six area councils of the territory.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the Spokesman of the association, Comrade Yusuf, noted that the establishment of additional schools across rural communities in Abuja would also cater for the educational needs of hundreds of students who have been out-of-school or have had to travel long distances to go to school.

“In the past children in rural communities in Abuja have had to walk long distances to attend the closest schools in their area, and most times they have had to contend with difficult situations that no child should have to go through. For instance towards the end of the rainy season this year, a secondary school student drowned in a river at Abaji while trying to cross the river on her way to school. The quest for education should not be death, but that happened to one of our children this year.”

He said the siting of schools in the hinterlands will prevent such negative occurrences in the future.

While commending the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammed Bello, for granting the approval, the group urge the Minister to consider employing qualified teachers from the host communities in order to get the required dedication and commitment from the teachers.

“Most of the schools are sited in rural communities with difficult terrains. It will therefore be difficult to get teachers who can be committed enough to navigate such terrains every day of the week. Some of them will just end up becoming ghost workers and it is our students who will suffer for it.

“We therefore advice the Minister, through the FCT Secondary School Board, to consider FCT indigenes in their recruitment process. Only then can we get the level of commitment required to teach in such schools.”

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