The Bauchi state ministry of education has disclosed that it will now monitor public school teachers in and out of their duty posts through a newly introduced handheld fingerprint device.
Aliyu Usman Tilde, the State’s commissioner for education, disclosed on Thursday, January 9, that the device will address the menace of ghost workers, absenteeism and indolence in schools.
The commissioner went ahead to explain that the teachers are expected to record a certain attendance level each month in order to get paid
According to the commissioner, the device would also be used to monitor the number of lessons that every teacher teaches in a week, month and in a year in addition to qualifying them to be paid their monthly salaries and being considered for promotion.
Usman explained that the teachers would be expected to record a certain attendance level each month, noting that anyone who fails to meet the benchmark would not be paid.
“We are going to put a benchmark that will show that you were there. They are expected to go to work 23 days in a month. We may put a minimum of 17, 18 or 19 days in a month and anything short of that the person won’t be paid,” he said.
“We now have the device in all the 219 secondary schools. We have had a case of a teacher who only attended his school seven times in 11 years. When I came in I requested for attendance register of various schools and the statistics there was not encouraging at all, 53.5 per cent of teachers do not go their workplace at all.”
The commissioner stated that since the introduction of the system, teachers have been reporting to work before 8 am.