Teacher Day 2017 | Qualified teachers abandon Niger State
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) says there is mass exodus of teachers at both primary and secondary schools in Niger State due to poor condition of service and remuneration.
Malam Ibrahim Umaru, the Union’s Chairman in Niger made this known during the 2017 celebration of World Teachers Day tagged: “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers” in Minna on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that World Teachers Day is set aside by UNESCO to honor and celebrate teachers for their immense contributions to humanity and national development.
It is called on the state government to pay the outstanding arrears owed some primary schools teachers in August and October.
The Ministry of Education and SUBEB urged the redouble efforts to releasing and implementing promotion of affected teachers to boost their moral and improving educational system.
Umaru appealed to state government to reintroduce some allowances for teachers in the rural areas to motivate and retain them in service.
“We appealed to the state government to intensify efforts to settle our retired teachers who are patiently waiting to be paid their right.
“Government should also make adequate provision of instructional materials to schools to make effective teaching and learning,” he said.
He said that for qualified, trained and experienced teachers to be retained in the system, government must come up with policies that would make teachers and professional teaching more attractive.
It has advised the government to adopt the recruitment policy procedure by allowing all the statutory recruitment agencies such as Teachers Registration Council (TRC), State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) and other vital agencies to be involved in the process.
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