The Nigerian Union Of Teachers (NUT) has asked federal government to discontinue the N-Power programme, saying it does not render the desired benefits.
The president of the Union, Comrade Nasir Idris gave the charge yesterday on the occasion of the 2019 Solemn Assembly, organised by the Union at its headquarters in Abuja.
Idris expressed worry over the rate at which teachers in government schools retire annually, without a commensurate recruitment to fill the vacancies created, in spite of the continuous growth of school enrollment in most states of the federation.
“This has led to over bearing class sizes in our schools. There is an urgent need to recruit more teachers into our schools on a permanent basis as against the N-Power teaching programme, which does not render the desired benefits and should be discontinued. When you look at it there are people without teaching qualification but they are sent to schools, what are they going to teach?,” he stressed.
The Union also expressed gratitude to the Members of the House of Representatives for their patriotism, foresightedness, diligence and vigorous deliberations on the progress of the bill on the extension of the retirement age of professional teachers from 60 to 65 years, saying it will impact tremendous benefits on the education system when assented to by the president.
“It is the earnest expectations of the well-meaning teachers, lovers of education and all men and women of good will, that the hallowed Red Chamber will accord this all important bill the accelerated attention and concurrent passage which it deserves. It is our ultimate expectations that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, will assent this bill into an Act of the National Assembly before the forthcoming general elections or soonest thereafter.”
On the issue of education budgetary allocation, the NUT boss urged the federal and state governments to ensure that the policy of giving the education sector a minimum of 15% of the entire annual budget is sustained.
“We also call on the government at all levels to save the teaching and learning of Mathematics, Sciences and ICT in our schools to enable Nigeria catch up with other countries of the World in the science and technology driven global economy. Our public schools need higher funding and support to galvanize them for higher performance and productivity.”
Why calling on all faith based institutions, organizations, traditional rulers and others to join hands with the NUT and teachers to redirect the minds of numerous out of school children back to school, the Union urged Nigerian teachers, men and women of voting age to ensure that they participate in the election processes by discharging their civic obligations of voting for candidates of their choice and ensure that the process is free and fair to the best of their ability.
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