A new research conducted by United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders revealed that employing more female teachers will be significant to the development of education in Nigeria.
They made the call on Wednesday in Abuja at a two days dissemination workshop on the research findings, carried out in the north and three additional states in Southern part of the country, using parents, leaders, students, faith leaders, media and trade unionists.
The workshop is to develop a social mobilization and communication strategy that will improve marginalized girl’s enrolment in schools.
The stakeholders stressed that the research became necessary as there continues to be a deficit of female teachers in rural areas despite their positive and significant effect on girl’s enrolment and promotion.
Presenting the key findings on one of the research conducted titled, ‘Effect of Female Teachers On Girls Enrolment, And Retention in Northern Nigeria,” one of the resource persons, Dr Noel Ihebuzor said in consideration of the research findings, there is need to prepare and hire more female teachers and deploy to rural schools.
He said, “More female teachers are needed in northern Nigeria’s rural schools. Our research has unambiguously shown that the mere presence of female teachers has a significant and positive influence on girl’s educational outcomes. Female teachers are shown to not only influence school attendance decision making at the household level, as evidenced by the fact that girls are more likely to enroll in schools with female teachers as opposed to Schools with all-male teaching staff but also provide a higher quality of learning for their pupils.”
The stakeholders also stressed that government should strive to ensure every rural school has at least one female teacher and provide them with adequate financial compensation to make rural posting more attractive.
Ihebuzor further revealed that a feedback from female pupils indicated girls want more female teachers in their schools and that they learn better when female teachers provide the lessons.
They disclosed that most of the people spoken to also stressed that patriarchy and male possessiveness are factors inhibiting girls from school, lamenting that much preference is given to the male child.
The representative of the executive secretary, National Commission For Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, Dr Of Enemaku said there is need to build more consensus on how to employ more female teachers both on part-time and full time basis.