By Iyakale Yakubu
Jos, Nigeria) — Plateau Government in NorthCentral Nigeria says it plans to establish technical and vocation centres in its three senatorial districts to revamp the education sector.
Commissioner for Education, Joseph Mairiga, told AFRICA PRIME NEWS in Jos, that the centres when established would complement conventional public schools in empowering youths in various skills for self-sustenance.
The commissioner also said the state was ready to complete all abandoned projects in the education sector and embark on new ones.
“Though the state is direly in need of funds but we are continuing the renovation of dilapidated structures in public schools and also intend to start new projects as funds are available.
“We have also paid nine months outstanding salaries to teachers out of the 12 months owed them and we have promoted teachers whose promotions had been pending for some years now.
“We know when teachers are promoted when they are due and paid their salaries promptly, they will be motivated to be productive,” Mairiga explained.
He said the state would hire more teachers to fill existing vacancies as soon as funds were available, and advised that education should not be politicised.
“The worse you can do to education is to politicise it,” he said.