The Kebbi State Government has deployed over 140 monitoring officers to evaluate the performance of 1,452 trained primary 1 teachers in 956 primary schools across the state.
The AUTHORITY learnt that the affected teachers were trained under Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) to ensure improvement of primary 1 pupils under the Reading and Numeracy Activities (RANA) scheme in the state.
While deploying the officers in Birnin Kebbi at the weekend, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Hajiya Rafa’atu Hammani, explained that the essence of the exercise was part of the follow-up on efforts to improve literacy level and retention of pupils’ enrollment in primary schools.
“We invited these coaches and mentors here, because they are the ones who will go round to evaluate the effects of the training we gave to these primary one teachers on RANA programme.
“We have distributed books to all the primary 1 pupils. So, we want them to go round to see if all these pupils have the RANA books. If the teachers are teaching exactly what they are supposed to teach by following the syllabus, we will retain them until they complete their schooling,” he said.
Earlier, the Desk Officer of BESDA, Malam Hassan Umar, disclosed that the programme was designed to improve literacy, enrollment of children, adding that the objectives have been achieved.
He said that the World Bank had promised $1 million dollars if the literacy level in the state improved by two per-cent through the adoption of RANA.
Our correspondent gathered that 120 mentors and coaches, as well as BESDA officers in the 21 LGAs converged at Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area for the meeting.