Kano State Government on Tuesday said it has discovered about 3,268 of its teaching staff serving in private schools across the state.
The state's Ministry of Education disclosed this in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Yusuf in Kano.
He said some of the identified staff have spent more than 10 to 15 years serving in private schools, while enjoying monthly salaries from the state government.
This is coming barely three weeks after the state has directed civil service to redeploy about 5,000 civil servants with a qualification in education to classrooms to address the shortage of teachers in the state's public schools.
The discovery, according to the statement, was made barely three days after the commencement of screening exercise by the Ministerial Committee for the recall of teachers on the state's payroll.
"The committee which is under the chairmanship of Dr. Ibrahim Bichi (Executive Secretary, Kano State Library Board) has further uncovered that some of the identified staff, have spent more than 10 to 15 years serving in private schools, while enjoying monthly salaries from either state or local government payrolls in addition to furthering their studies for higher degrees ranging from MSc and PhD certificates," the statement reads.
The statement added that the committee's finding also revealed that the affected teachers were also getting consistent promotions up to the directorship cadre.
The statement also the committee has uncovered a single private school with more than 50 teachers posted from government schools over the years.