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(24): Between the Private and Public Schools in Kano

Muhsin Ibrahim
@Muhsin234 (Twitter)

While serving the nation as corps members, there was nothing more on our minds than life after the assignment. The life was full of uncertainty and apprehension. The allowance, which was almost doubled during our stream, of N19,800 and the little stipend given by our various places of primary assignments (PPAs) would stop coming once we finish. Subhanallah!

My confidant, Anas Musa, went and purchased job application forms for us at the Kano Senior Secondary School Management Board (KSSSMB). He filled him, but I was somewhat reluctant to do the same, for I was tipped off that I might be retained at my PPA or employed by a few other greener places. I finally did, and we submitted our applications.

About a year passed, and nobody invited us for an interview, aptitude test or anything else. Immediately after the Service, I got an appointment with BUK and later Anas with the Federal University, Dutse. Months after, I got a call from one famous private school in Kano that they found my file at KSSSMB and thought I was employable. I thanked them and diplomatically declined the offer. The same happened to my friend. To the government, we were not worth their attention or employment.

An elder friend is doing Teaching Practice (TP) at one of the state's oldest and most famous secondary schools. He teaches mathematics. He told me that 2 of the three permanent mathematics teachers in the school read BSc Economics. The one he works under barely knows LCM and lacks any art of teaching. She 'punishes' the students when they misbehave by using the English language throughout her period! Unbelievable!

While the KSSSMB does not care to employ qualified applicants, it takes in quacks, for they probably have "longer legs" or "connections". In contrast, a private school goes as far as checking the files of applicants at the government board and inviting them for a place. How incredible! I no longer blame even the poorest parents who struggle to enrol their kids in private schools. Often, the private is better than the public.

I am not just hailing private schools. There are many mushroom, so-called private schools all over the place. But still, the deterioration of the public schools is more damning. And it's essentially the failure of the government. There is no welfare for the teachers, no instructional materials for teaching, no this and that, and the list continues.

Allah ya gyara mana kawai, amin.



I am not degrading those who read Economics at all. There could be an economist who knows more mathematics than someone who studied it. But the case of that teacher is different. Thanks.


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