Schools in the Far North Region are still experiencing teachers’ absenteeism, caused for the most part by attacks by the terrorist sect Boko Haram. According to information gathered from the officials by the newspaper Repères, more than 400 desertions have been reported in recent years. According to the weekly published on December 14, 2016, the communiques flood the waves of the regional station of the national radio station of the far North.
“The region is a priority education area. However, it is alarming to note that the efforts of the Government and the partners to address this problem are being drawn down by the casual attitude of teachers who leave their positions without justifiable reasons, “deplores an official of the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC ). “However, for several months, calm returns thanks to the forces of defense and security that are deployed on the ground,” he adds.
During the Regional Disciplinary Council chaired by Midjiyawa Bakari, Governor of the far North Region, last November, some officials from basic, secondary, youth and civic education made known the case for review. “Stratagems developed by the latter to deceive the vigilance of their hierarchy, one evokes short permissions of three days which are transformed into months, even years,” reveals the newspaper.
Seven of them responded to the summons of the Governor of the Far North region. Some were punished by layoffs, or delays on advances, said an official of the regional delegation of the Civil Service and Administrative Reform for the Far North. Desertion is a well-established phenomenon in the region, and it is not confined to officials in the field of education.