Taraba Gov mandates that teachers in secondary schools hold a master’s degree

Dr Agbu Kefas

Governor of Taraba State, Dr Agbu Kefas, has revealed that his administration intends to raise the bar for teaching in the state’s secondary schools from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s.

A first degree from a university will be the minimum academic requirement for primary school, according to the governor.

Kefas said the current era when the National Certificate of Education is the minimum academic qualification for primary school teachers will soon be over.

He went on to say that history would once again be taught as a subject in the state’s basic education programmes.

The governor made these remarks on Sunday night during a dinner in Jalingo with journalists.

Kefas said, “We are going to reintroduce History studies in our primary and secondary schools in the state to lay a solid foundation for accelerated development.

“In no distant time, primary schoolteachers in the state must be first degree holders while secondary school teachers must have a minimum of master’s degree to enhance the quality of education in the state.

“This is the main reason we have slashed the school fees for undergraduates in the state university.

“We must secure a good future for our children. Our free education policy is not a joke and anybody who stands on the way to achieving this will be crushed.”

In order to make sure that all school administrators were following the proper procedures, the governor asked the press to keep an eye on how the state government’s free education programme was being implemented in primary and secondary schools.