Gov. Alex Otti of Abia has said that his administration plans to recruit at least 5,000 teachers to fill the shortage in the primary and secondary schools.
Otti made the disclosure in his inaugural speech, shortly after taking the Oath of Office and Allegiance at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Monday.
He said that it was part of his administration’s resolve to rebuild the school system so it could produce quality students that would be relevant to the needs of modern society.
He said that within the next one month, he would work closely with his team and relevant stakeholders to design an appropriate framework to be used to drive the recruitment.
The governor said that priority would be given to young graduates in education, science, technology, engineering and mathematics and those willing to serve in rural communities.
He said: “We shall see to it that our teachers undergo regular refresher courses to update their knowledge and teaching skills so that they will stay relevant in their chosen fields.
“It must also be stated that under our government, teachers shall never be shabbily treated as reportedly had been the custom in the past.
“The paucity of infrastructure in our educational system shall be addressed stridently.”