FG TO EMPLOY MORE QUALIFIED TEACHERS TO INCREASE TEACHER-TO-PUPIL RATIO
The President of federal republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday in Abuja said that the Federal Government is ready to employ more qualified teachers so as to increase the teacher-to-pupil ratio in the country.
This was followed by statement signed by Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) on January 14, 2020.
While receiving the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), President Buhari acknowledged that Nigeria had a deficit of teachers, which his administration is addressing through the N-Power Teach Volunteers scheme under National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
‘‘We have created a dedicated platform under the National Social Investment Programme called N-Power Teach, which engages qualified graduates to man the gaps of basic education delivery in Nigeria.
‘‘These N-Power Teach Volunteers are deployed as teacher assistants in primary schools across Nigeria to support existing teachers.
‘‘The aim of this, and many other Government programmes, is to increase the teacher-student ratio at the primary school level thereby enhancing the quality of students moving to secondary schools.
‘‘I want to take this opportunity to ask all members of Nigeria Union of Teachers to support these programmes and encourage as many qualified and willing graduates to enrol in the teaching profession,’’ the President said.
On the other hand, President Muhammadu Buhari described the teaching profession as one of the important and leading professions, the President also told the delegates led by the union’s National President, Comrade Nasir Idris, that teaching profession deserves the best.
‘‘It shapes the character, calibre and future of individuals and nations. You and I were all taught by teachers who moulded our persons and influenced our future. No price is too high for good rewards.’’
Mr President also used the platform to pay greet teachers, adding that they have been at the working hard for the betterment of the country.
‘‘Today, we live in a dynamic world where science and technology drives innovations that virtually touch every aspect of our lives.
‘‘The foundations of today’s changes can be attributed to teachers who, decades ago, in one way or another, shaped the minds of young men and women who eventually grew to become global innovators and inventors from whose works we are benefiting today.
‘‘Nigerians, both at home and abroad, are part of this global breed of impactful change agents.
‘‘Almost everyday, Nigerians are inventing new products or improving existing ones. It is, therefore, our collective duty to continue to encourage and cultivate these minds, by increasing resources available for research and development and improving work environment,’’ he said.
Dr Idris commended the Buhari administration’s numerous groundbreaking strides in the education sector to ensure that education continues.
In his speech, he added that teachers in the nation’s primary and post-primary schools identify with the giant strides of the Buhari administration, including;
‘‘Gigantic gains in the anti-corruption crusade, technical defeat of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, restoration of teaching and learning in the schools of the North-East geo-political zone that were affected by insurgency, securing the release of Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.’’
The leader of the Union eulogize President Buhari government for sustaining the National School Feeding Programme, establishing the National Secondary Schools Commission to regulate secondary education and the proposed establishment of six federal colleges of education across the geo-political zones of the country.
The group also presented some challenges of the teachers to the President. The NUT leadership has also appealed for presidential signature to the Bill on Teachers Retirement Age, and the Teachers Special Salary Structure (TSSS), among others.
Mr Idris further maintained that Teachers Retirement Age, when signed into law, will improve teacher-to-pupil ratio in the country, improve teachers retention rate in public primary and secondary schools and ‘‘revolutionise and strengthen the profession for the wellbeing of the nation’s schools.’’
Featured Image: Photo of Muhammadu Buhari