Nearly half the total number of teachers receiving salaries were discovered absent after Governor Kashim Shettima paid an unscheduled visit, Wednesday, by noon and took a roll call of teachers at Lamisula Primary and Junior Secondary located in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
The school has a total number of 87 teachers but after Shettima’s roll call, 43 teachers were absent out which 7 persons were on leave approved for them.
Governor Shettima has regularly embarked upon unscheduled visits to assess infrastructural and facility needs of schools and to supervise renovation works being carried out in many schools across the State.
The Governor took teachers by surprise when he suddenly ordered his convoy to the school and directed the State’s Head of Service, Barrister Yakubu Bukar, who was of his convoy, to call out names of teachers in order to identify those absent.
Despite frantic efforts by some teachers who kept inviting their colleagues to quickly come to the school, 38 teachers, representing 44.6 % (approximately 45%) were recorded absent.
The Governor also ordered the State mechanical workshop to convey desks to the school as pupils were found seating on bare floor.