The chairman of Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), Dr Stephen Odey has revealed that out of 440 cases of retirement in the state, 12 of them died in a period of 10 months after.
The SUBEB Chairman disclosed this while speaking during the Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE), Cycle II workshop for teachers in Cross River.
According to him, out of the 440 retired teachers, those who retired include 404 teaching staff, 24 non-teaching staff while 12 teaching and non-teaching staff died in 10 months.
His words: ”From October 2015 till date, we have had about 440 cases of retirement and death of teaching and non-teaching staff in primary schools in the state.
“We must do things differently to achieve an excellent result; together we must change the system and harness the best potential to build capacity and enhance our primary educational system.
”A teacher that has not been trained for a long time is like an old knife that you have left by the side of your garden that you no longer use. We at Cross River SUBEB and UBEC attach so much importance to training.
”There will be other subsequent training for teachers across the state, because we are going to give priority to the training of teachers, apart from UBEC trainings. We at SUBEB will set up training that will groom you in all aspects not only be limiting you to lesson note writing,” he added.