The Cross River State Government, on Wednesday said preparations were on top gear to commence the biometric registration of primary school teachers in the state.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the state, Dr. Steven Odey, shortly after inspecting some primary schools in Calabar.
Odey told newsmen that the exercise aims at checkmating the ghost workers’ syndrome in the pay roll and ensure prompt payment of teachers’ salaries.
He said the exercise became imperative following a directive from the state’s governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, to the board.
The Chairman noted that the exercise was also meant to keep the state in line with international best practices in the educational sector, expressing optimism that it will help to boost her standard of education.
“There has been a lot of outcry about the non-payment of teachers’ salaries and to get out of this quagmire, the governor directed that SUBEB takes over such payment”
“Our focus is to ensure that we make the system function effectively”, he said.
Odey reiterated the government’s commitment to the recruitment of additional one thousand teachers in state, soonest.