The National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) has identified inadequate financial support by states and local governments towards the continuous professional training of their teachers, as being responsible for the poor performance of teachers in public schools across Nigeria.
The Director-General of the institute, Dr. Aminu Sharehu, expressed sadness over poor remuneration being received by Nigerian teachers, which he noted is totally unacceptable if Nigeria must make progress in the education sector.
Dr Sharehu made this disclosure during the 4th combined convocation ceremony of the institute.
He said the welfare of teachers in Nigeria, especially when compared to other professionals like nurses, doctors and lawyers, was discouraging and should be improved in order to get the best from them.
On his part, the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, affirmed his administration’s commitment and willingness to partner with the institute, to organise a continuous professional development programme for teachers in the state.
The governor, who was represented by a Senior Director in the state Ministry of Education, said his administration has recruited a total of 2,500 additional teachers at all levels of education, in order to breach the gap created by shortage of teachers, especially in science subjects in public primary and secondary schools.
Also, a former Minister of Education, Professor Rukayyatu Rufai, noted that many people run away from the teaching profession because of the poor incentives attached to it. She appealed to the government at all levels to accord education a top priority.
Some of the graduating students expressed excitement of having successfully completed their academic programme from the institute and the beginning of their journey into the teaching profession.