The Plateau Government on Thursday said it had recruited 5,253 ad hoc teachers as part of efforts to address the shortage of teachers in the state.
The Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board ( SUBEB ), Prof Mathew Sule, disclosed this while fielding questions in Jos.
Sule said the state government had also trained more than 700 teachers to enhance their capacity and to provide quality education.
The chairman said the deficit and quality of teachers in public primary and Junior Secondary schools had been a major concern to the government.
“We visited some primary schools and discovered that many of the pupils in the senior classes cannot read or write.
“As part of efforts to address the situation, SUBEB organised a three-day training in March on ‘Jolly Phonics’ for 700 teachers across the state,” he said.