Nigeria: Ekiti school teachers avoid rural areas and risk sack

Teachers often complain about difficult terrain and inaccessible villages due to their actions

Teachers posted to rural communities in Ekiti have always been found to refuse to post, making it difficult to ensure effective education in the area.

Some teachers then often returned posts to areas of their choice, denying local communities with the right teachers.

Teachers are teachers hired under the Ekiti State Universal Board of Education (SUBEB).

Teachers often complain about difficult terrain and inaccessible villages due to their actions.

They also cite inadequate incentives and lack of basic equipment.

However, the state’s SUBEB said it no longer tolerates such practices and warned that teachers would lose their jobs.

Authorities said on Monday that they would instruct public elementary school teachers who refused to post to rural areas to offer their resignation.

It lamented the prejudice caused by teachers resisting posting to the village and thereby concentrating them in the city at the expense of local schools.

Authorities also said the board would implement a redistribution policy to correct the imbalance.

SUBEB Chair Femi Akinwumi spoke at Ikogosi, the western municipality of Ekiti, and flagged a five-day training program for primary school quality assurance officers at the Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort Centre.

Akinwumi said the state’s education level has improved significantly since 2018.

“We don’t have local teachers while we’re in the black in our city, especially Ado Ekiti,” he said.

“This bias is a big problem and we have to undertake teacher redistribution. Without a radical approach, we won’t go far.

“We have enough teachers in elementary school, but the question is whether those teachers in the village committed a crime.

“The current new policy is either to respect the posts we are trying to do or to offer them to resign.

“Some people believe they can influence, but this exercise transfers people who they thought they couldn’t touch.”