No less than 15,000 classroom teachers lack requisite qualification to teach in primary and secondary schools in Katsina State.
The state suffers dearth of teachers in English and Mathematics and requires an additional 927 teachers to bridge the gap.
Chairman of the state Restoration Education Committee, Badamasi Lawal, stated this before sallah break while presenting its mid-term report to Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
The committee was set up to assess the education sector with a view to addressing its challenges.
He said the committee recommended that refresher courses be held for the teachers to enable them meet the basic teaching requirements.
He, however, said government would enroll them for the refresher courses in the education departments of tertiary institutions in the state.
He lamented that the shortage of teachers in key subjects was adversely affecting its education sector and that recruiting additional teachers would address the situation.
Responding, Masari charged teachers and other stakeholders to look inwards to improve the educational sector.
He said rather than recruit additional teachers, retired teachers and directors in the ministry who are almost idle, should be motivated to go teach in schools.