By Ayomide Oriade


The World Bank has selected six states in Nigeria for its pilot scheme to measure teachers’ performance in schools. Nigeria Country Director, Marie-Francois Marie-Nelly, who disclosed this yesterday, said the six states cut across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

She stated that the scheme is aimed at finding out the reason why government investments in schools have not yielded the desired results. Marie-Nelly said that government had been spending resources on education sector and there was the need to track performance to ensure there was value for money invested. And it will also help the bank to design line of improvement to be presented to the states.

“We hope to expand to the 36 states in the country to help track performance in the primary and secondary schools. We want to find out some of the questions that parents would want to know.
“If the teachers are capable of teaching, how many hours they spend in class and the kind of tools they use.”

According to her, current research by the bank showed that teachers in Nigeria and other African countries spent about three hours 45 minutes only per day in class for teaching. She said that it was observed that 25 per cent of their time was spent out of the class.

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