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How Kwara reduces teacher truancy

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LEA primary school, Taiwo Isale, Ilorin

Kwara state has improved school monitoring strategy with a view to evaluating teacher effectiveness and students performance.

A source at the state ministry of education said the intention was to place students, their needs, experiences and achievements at the heart of monitoring and improvement.

He said the main purpose of monitoring and evaluation was to create a basis for self assessment leading to self-improvement of teachers. The source said before now, teacher absenteeism was prominent both in rural and urban schools due to non-payment of salaries and allowances for a long period.

The source said teachers’ attitude towards their career changed from the last quarter of 2016 after the state Ministry for Education began monitoring and verification exercise for teachers in both public secondary and primary schools.

Speaking to Daily Trust on the monitoring exercise, the state Commissioner for Education, Engineer Musa A. Yeketi, said the essence of the exercise was to change anomalies in the education sector of the state.

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