The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Tuesday called for the recruitment of more teachers into public schools.
The union expressed concerns over the rate at which teachers in government schools retire annually without a commensurate recruitment to fill the vacancies created.
NUT’s President, Nasir Idris, said this at the 2019 solemn assembly of the union held annually to begin the year by its members.
The union also asked the Federal Government to discontinue the N-Power teaching programme, it does not render the desired benefits.
The NUT president said: “There is an urgent need to recruit more teachers into our schools on a permanent basis as against the N-Power teaching program, which does not render the desired benefits and should be discontinued.
“We want something that is permanent for our profession. This N-Power is just a temporary measure and so we need the federal and state governments to recruit more teachers to man our secondary and primary schools.
“We need governments to recruit qualified teachers to man our schools rather than this N-Power program. If you look at the N-Power programme, people that do not have the necessary qualification of teaching have been sent to schools to teach. What are they going to teach?
“We have qualified teachers that are waiting to be employed. That is why we said government should stop that one (N-Power) let them recruit qualified teachers to manage our schools.”
Idris said the union would work with stakeholders and relevant agencies in the sector to advance the teaching profession.
He stated teachers would continue to bring their skills and experiences towards ensuring that the standard of teaching and learning in “our nation’s schools conform to global education best practices and standards.”
The NUT president hailed the House of Representatives for speedy passage of the bill seeking to extend the retirement age of professional teachers from 60 to 65.
“Our great union is vigilantly keeping watch on the steady progress of the bill on the extension of the retirement age of professional teachers from 60 to 65 years of age.
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