Stakeholders in Gombe State have faulted a directive by the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr Babaji Babadidi, to public school teachers to enroll their children in public schools. The executive chairman had said his directive would enhance academic achievement by compelling school managers and teachers to take their work seriously.
But experts said the problem of low-quality performance of public schools was beyond a ‘mere directive to teachers’ to also send their children to public schools. A lecturer with the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe, Dr Sani Yakubu Gombe, said if the government could provide the infrastructure necessary to provide learners with quality education, teachers and other parents would willingly take their children to public schools.
“In my view, there is no way you can direct somebody to enroll his children in a public school when the standard is too low to provide qualitative education. ADVERTISEMENT WARNING : AVOID THESE 3 FOODS IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. “But once you improve the system, I believe that the teachers will willingly take their children to public schools even to save the cost of taking them to private schools,” he said.