Teachers’ Recruitment: Ogun Govt To Conduct Mop-Up Test On Monday

A file photo of Professor Abayomi Arigbabu.

 

The Ogun State government has fixed on Monday to conduct a mop-up test for applicants seeking to join its teaching service.

Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, who is the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state, announced this in a statement on Saturday.

According to him, the government is seeking to recruit new teachers to fill the existing vacancies in the public and secondary schools, as well as technical colleges across the state.

The commissioner explained that the mop-up test was being conducted for applicants who missed the Computer-Based Test (CBT) held earlier.

He noted that the test would hold at two venues – the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta (Egba/Yewa centre), and the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode (Ijebu/Remo centre).

Professor Arigbabu advised the applicants to log on to the Ogun TEACh portal to know their centre and download test slip, as well as go to the examination centres with their printout slips.

He also asked them to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols by wearing their facemasks and be of good behaviour throughout the period of the test.

The recruitment of teachers, under the initiative Ogun State Teaching Experience Acquisition Channel (Ogun TEACh), is being handled by the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in partnership with the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said.

Registration for the exercise began on March 31 and ended on April 13, after which the applicants stormed the venue of the tests.

In a statement on March 29, the commissioner had advised that only those with National Certificate in Education (NCE) and Higher National Diploma (HND), as well as Bachelor of Arts/Science/Technology/Engineering, were eligible to apply.

Read the statement released on Saturday below:

Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in conjunction with the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) wishes to inform applicants of the Ogun TEACh programme that missed the last CBT that a mop-up test has been scheduled to come up on Monday May 17, 2021 in the following centres:

Egba/Yewa centre: Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta,

Ijebu/Remo Centre: Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode.

Applicants should log on to the Ogun TEACh portal to know their Centre and download test slip. They are expected to come to the examination centres with their printout slips.

Applicants are also enjoined to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol by putting on their facemasks and also comport themselves throughout the period of the test.

We wish all the participants a successful examination.

Thank you.

Signed

Prof. Abayomi Adelaja Arigbabu

Hon. State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology.

15th May, 2021

FEC Approves Bill Seeking To Increase Retirement Age For Teachers

 

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a new bill seeking to increase the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years.

The bill which is called Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers Bill, 2021, was approved on Wednesday during the weekly meeting at the Council Chambers in Abuja.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who briefed journalists after the meeting said the bill which gives legal backing to new measures by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will enhance the teaching profession in the country.

He noted that the approval of the bill for the Ministry of Education was a giant step towards what was set out for 2020.

“This memo that was approved for the Ministry of Education is a giant step towards what we set out to do last year, with the approval of some special packages for teachers by the President.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

 

“So, at the meeting today, Council approved that a bill which will be called ‘Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2020’ be sent to the National Assembly for enactment into law so that all the promises made by the president and all the approvals he had given to me will now begin to be put into effect because this is the legal backing that is required for it,

“The essence of the bill actually is to give legal backing for the approval of a new retirement age of 65 for teachers and then the service period being extended to 40 years.” Mr. Adamu added.

Further disclosing details of the bill, the minister said the bill will be sent to the National Assembly for its consideration and passage.

The minister also disclosed that the bill seeks to introduce bursary awards, special rural posting allowances, and other items that will encourage brilliant Nigerians to take to teaching.

 

Katsina Abduction: Teachers Demand Safety Nationwide, Threaten To Down Tools

A screenshot taken on December 14, 2020, shows a classroom block at the Government Science Secondary School, Ƙankara, Katsina State. Inset: NUT logo.

 

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the government at various levels to live up to the responsibility of securing the lives of Nigerians across the country.

It warned that anything short of this would force members of the union to down tools until when it would be safe for them to teach and guide pupils and students without fear of abduction.

The union gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday by its Secretary-General, Dr Mike Ene, while condemning the recent attack on a school in Katsina State.

Noting that a teacher was abducted and later released in Edo while two others kidnapped in Delta were still in captivity, it decried that the abduction of over 300 students from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara has sent shivers through the spine of other members of the entire school community in Katsina.

According to the NUT, the recent incidents are sad reminders of previous ugly events in Chibok and Dapchi where Boko Haram terrorists abducted students, creating a monumental disruption of school activities.

It stressed that the recent bandit attacks on schools, if not immediately addressed will largely affect the 2019/2020 academic calendar.

The union stated that the academic calendar had already been disrupted by the six-month-long lockdown caused by the COVID- 19 pandemic.

It, therefore, called on all stakeholders to support the government and security agencies to provide adequate protection for students, pupils, teachers, and the school communities.

This, according to the NUT, is to ensure educational activities are not hampered by enemies of the educational system who use schools as soft targets.

Read the full statement from the union below:

Press Release

The National leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers is highly disturbed by the re-emerging incidence of school invasion and abduction of teachers and students across the country’s educational institutions.

The wicked and merciless hands of anti-education terrorists clinched Mr Alu Ola Paul, a head teacher with Olagua Primary School Ohordua in Edo State, and kidnapped him on his way to work on the 1st December 2020 and released six day later.

In the same view on the 8th December 2020, Mrs Gladys Niemogha Belleh and Mrs Blessing Emunefe, both of whom are teachers of Ohorhe Secondary School, Effurun in Delta State were kidnapped in their school premises by armed bandits and are yet to be released, thereby throwing both families, students, and the school community into emotional and overall destabilisation.

Similarly, the night of Friday 11th December 2020, Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State, was invaded by armed bandits with reports that 333 students are yet to be accounted for as of today, this dastardly act has sent shivers through the spine of other members of the entire school community of Katsina State.

These incidences are sad reminders of previous ugly events in Chibok and Dapchi, where Boko Haram terrorists had attacked and abducted students, creating a monumental disruption of school activities and impeding our nation’s educational growth and advancement while subjecting family members and relatives to unimaginable trauma.

The recent condemnable events of bandit attack on schools, if not immediately addressed will largely affect the 2019/2020 academic calendar which has already been disrupted by the six-month-long lockdown caused by the COVID- 19 pandemic.

As a union, the NUT will not fold her hands and watch enemies of educational development threaten the nation’s educational system to suffocation.

As such, we wish to remind our government at all levels of their primary responsibility as enshrined in the Constitution which is the security of lives and property of the entire Nigerian citizens.

The NUT makes bold to demand that government must rise to these challenges and take up its responsibility to guarantee and execute this general principle and commitment to providing adequate security to all our educational institutions and the nation at large.

Unfortunately, it is becoming apparent that the government cannot provide security and safety for our teachers, students, and the educational community across Nigeria. This unfortunate situation must be addressed without further contemplation.

In light of these recent developments, the Nigeria Union of Teachers may be compelled to down tools pending when it is safe for our members to teach and guide our pupils and students without fear of abduction by these faceless enemies of educational prosperity of the Nigerian nation.

The NUT herewith extends our appeal to all stakeholders to join hands with the government and security agencies to provide adequate protection for the students, pupils, teachers, and the school communities, to ensure that educational activities are not hampered by enemies of the nations educational system using schools as soft targets.

In order not to escalate the disruption of our academic calendar which is in a fragile state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, NUT unequivocally calls on the Federal, State, and Local governments to ensure adequate security and 24-hour surveillance around our schools.

Also, the government must begin to consider the implementation of life insurance and hazard allowance to teachers in our basic and senior secondary schools, as approved by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day 2020.

Our prayers are with the families of the abducted teachers and students as we hold unto government on their promise to ensure their safe release to be reunited with family members and relatives without further delay.

Dr. Mike Ike Ene

Secretary-General

Kano Govt To Build 5,000 Houses For Teachers

File photo of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

 

The Kano State Governorship concluded plans to build 5,000 housing units for teachers in public primary and secondary schools in the state, under the first phase of a scheme aimed at providing decent accommodation for teachers and their families.

According to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, the scheme tagged Teachers Reserved Areas (TRA) will be implemented jointly by the state government, Family Homes Funds and the Federal Mortgage Bank.

Ganduje who announced this late Saturday evening during a stakeholder’s meeting at the Government House in Kano explained that “each of the 36 rural local governments will have 100 housing units while the remaining eight metropolitan local governments will have 150 housing units each.”

He said the state government “would provide the land, auxiliary facilities such as water, electricity and roads while other aspects would be handled by the partners.”

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The governor, however, pointed out that participation in the scheme, which would commence next year, is optional and the beneficiaries would pay for the houses in easy instalments.

To Ganduje, his administration is concerned about ensuring affordability of and access to houses for the teachers so that they do not become destitute when they retire from active service.

He said a technical committee under the Executive Chairman of the State Policy Coordination and Policy Implementation Directorate, Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi has been set up to fashion out modalities for smooth implementation of the project.

On his part, Bichi maintained that the teachers housing initiative was to complement the state Free and Compulsory Education Policy.

“The last time houses were built for teachers in Kano was during the days of the Native Authority”, he said, stressing that the government would tap into available resources at Federal financial institutions, to make the dream a reality.

Gunmen Kidnap Three Teachers In Delta

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

Gunmen have abducted three teachers from Ohorhe Secondary School in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He said kidnappers, who wore military camouflage, stormed the school premises in an SUV and forcefully whisked three teachers away.

Although the abductors are yet to contact the family members of their victims, the police authorities say efforts were ongoing to rescue the victims unhurt.

School Reopening: Katsina Trains Principals, Teachers On COVID-19 Protocols

Wearing face-masks, final year students of Government Secondary School, Zone 3, Abuja, sit in a classroom as they write their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday August 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
File photo of a notice ‘No Facemask, No Entry’ at the entrance of a classroom.

 

The Katsina State Government on Friday trained over 400 headmasters, headmistresses, and principals of various public and private primary and secondary schools.

The officials were selected across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state to be trained on COVID-19 protocols, in preparation for school reopening.

The State Commissioner of Information Culture and Home Affairs, Abdulkarim Sirika disclosed this to Channels Television on Friday.

Sirika who is also the Chairman of the Publicity and Risk Management Committee on COVID-19 in the state said the essence of the training is to sensitise and prepare the stakeholders, so that when schools reopen they will pass across the information received and ensure students observe the NCDC protocols.

He said the training which was held in two different locations has 200 participants. “One is taking place at the Katsina Local Government Service Commission and the other one at the Umaru Musa’Yaradu’a University, Katsina. So they are scattered”.

He revealed that after the workshop, there is going to be a step-down training where those that are trained will extend the same training to their respective local communities.

In Katsina state, where cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in all the LGAs of the state, over 20,000 samples have so far been tested with 864 positive cases recorded and 24 deaths.

In the past weeks, the state has witnessed a decline in the number of positive cases of the virus where the health team manages the few positive cases recorded so far on a home care basis.

Katsina State Government had earlier on Tuesday, September 29 directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state to reopen from October 5, 2020.

Upon resumption, all schools are expected to operate on shift basis except when students are few. Students must always be encouraged to wear facemasks, maintain social distancing, and other safety protocols.

 

Delta Govt Demotes 41 Teachers For Examination Malpractice

A file photo of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Delta State government has sanctioned 41 teachers for examination malpractice during the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

A statement issued on Monday by the Delta Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah confirmed the development.

According to the Commissioner, the decisions followed the recommendation of the Examination Ethics Disciplinary Committee of the state.

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“They are to suffer deferment of promotion by one year and banned from the supervision of any school examination for a period of three years.

“I have directed the Post Primary Education Board to implement the deferment of promotions by one year for the 41 affected teachers.

“While others are being sanctioned, P.O. Okolo, is to be given a letter of commendation for a job well done during the examination.

“The principals and examination officers of 13 public secondary schools and one private secondary school indicted for examination malpractice are to be issued with letters of warning by PPEB to desist from acts of negligence,” the statement partly read.

The state government also approved the reopening of a secondary school which was closed down last year for examination malpractice.

However, a warning letter was issued before giving the school a second chance to abide by laid down examination ethics.

Sanwo-Olu Pledges 20 Cars To Outstanding Teachers In Lagos

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.

 

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to reward excellence service delivery in the Lagos State Post Primary teaching service, pledging 20 cars to deserving teachers across the six Education Districts in the State.

The Governor made this pledge during the Virtual training of teachers tagged Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3, noting that teachers are key change agents who will be remembered for shaping the future generation of leaders.

He went further to advise teachers to embrace technology in improving the quality of teaching which ultimately makes them great teachers, indeed.

“This is the era of technology and it is working well for us. Technology has become a very strong tool that we cannot do away within our everyday lives. With technology, we can think locally and act globally”, he said.

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He added that great teachers are always remembered for the lives they shape, deriving satisfaction in their students becoming role models to be proud of.

Also, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, emphasized that most critical to the success of any school system is the quality of teaching and learning which is exhibited in the quality of teachers with a multiplier effect on our children.

Mrs. Adefisayo appreciated Lagos State teachers for their continual self-development in addition to the government efforts in their development.
She commended TESCOM board for the idea of Virtual training, which she said was doing well for the progress of the Education Sector and Lagos State at large.

She noted that as the pandemic was winding up, teachers are expected as locus paretic to put in their best in bringing up the children who might have gone through different degree of trauma during the pandemic.

The Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo, while welcoming Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu during the Webinar series, said that the Webinar was a conscious effort of the Commission in improving teaching styles, optimize the teaching profession, turn around the life of our children, and ultimately, impact on our future.

She noted that the Webinar has initiated Post Primary School Teachers in Lagos State to be prepared and proactive in teaching and learning to meet the challenges of the ‘new normal’.

“The platform portends to address teachers’ wellness and wellbeing, update them with trending facts to update their teaching skill, and has had notable distinguished personalities of interest in the public service and society at large to discuss issues”.

She appreciated the magnanimity of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approval of the Teachers’ Exit Replacement Programme with over 1,000 new appointees, the Retrospective Course approval for over 700 Teachers which had lingered since 2013, Digital training of all Post-Primary Schools Teachers on Microsoft Teams platform, varying Digital Virtual training exposing our Teachers to be digital complaint, various Capacity enhancement of Teachers in Lagos State and a host of others which has upscaled and enhanced proper integration of TESCOM in the “new normal”.

While appreciating the Governor for his visionary leadership and role model, the Chairman urged Teachers and other participants to be attentive and ensure active participation in the course of the session.

The Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, while applauding the presence of Mr. Governor on the Webinar, affirmed that this was an attestation to the priority placed on Teachers and the Education Sector and opined that to whom much is given, much is expected.

The facilitator, Mr. Fela Durotoye, CEO, Gemstone Group, delved extensively on the topic “The Making of a Great Teacher in the Centre of Excellence”, emphasizing the importance of striving to become ‘’great teachers’’.

“As important as teachers are, teachers cannot be remembered, but great teachers cannot be forgotten”, he added.

Ogun Teachers To Resume August 3

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

 

The Ogun State Government has ordered all secondary school teachers to return to their duty posts on August 3.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, the teachers are expected to resume with their principals on Monday in preparation for students’ resumption on Tuesday, August 4.

According to the statement, the resumption would enable teachers to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the state government for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17.

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The governor’s aide also appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with the state government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.

This comes two days after the Federal Government released a comprehensive schedule for various national examinations for exit classes including Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 and Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3.

The examinations are to hold from August 17 to November 18.

These include the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) for SSS3 students conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO) which will start on October 5 and end on November 18.

Speaking on Wednesday after a series of meetings with chief executives of examination bodies in the country, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, said the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will begin on August 17.

 

South East Governors Ask Teachers To Undergo Compulsory COVID-19 Tests

A file photo of Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

 

The governors of the southeast have asked teachers in the country to undergo compulsory COVID-19 test.

The Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, disclosed this at the Government House in Abakaliki, the state capital while briefing newsmen of the outcome of the virtual meeting of the forum on Sunday.

Umahi said the forum also reviewing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, adding that school infrastructures will be reviewed to support the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols pending when the Federal government decides on when it is safe to reopen schools.

While urging the Igbo people to continue to comply with the COVID-19 protocols, the governor said eastern states will commence COVID-19 testing on every household, targeting people of 65 years and above.

To Reopen Or Not

The South-East Governors’ decision comes as the debate on whether to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic continues.

On July 13, the federal government released guidelines for the safe reopening of school.

“Now is the time to plan and address the eventual safe reopening of schools and learning facilities,” Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said.

“As a responsible government, it is also our duty to provide comprehensive guidelines for a safe and hitch-free reopening of schools and learning facilities. We do so knowing that the health, safety, and security of learners, teachers, education personnel, and families are priorities.”

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, gives an update in Abuja on Monday, June 22, 2020.

 

However, schools have remained closed across the country as the pandemic rages on.

The federal government has relaxed restrictions to allow final year secondary school students prepare and sit for WAEC examinations, but many have voiced concerns on the health implications of such a move.

“For the avoidance of doubts, schools have not resumed,” Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said on July 2. “Only critical examination classes will be allowed to resume for those who need revision before examinations.

“As we have informed you, the Federal Ministry of Education will consult further with stakeholders before issuing guidelines that will lead to full resumption.

“We appeal to Nigerians to continue to show understanding and to ensure that their wards take full advantage of electronic platforms provided for learning.”

On Sunday, Nigeria reported 555 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the country’s total caseload past the 40,000-mark, according to the NCDC.

 

Mali Teachers Strike Over COVID-19 Concerns As Schools Reopen

Malian pupils wear face masks in the classroom of a school as the government decided to resume lessons after two months of closure due to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, in Bamako on June 2, 2020. MICHELE CATTANI / AFP
Malian pupils wear face masks in the classroom of a school as the government decided to resume lessons after two months of closure due to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, in Bamako on June 2, 2020. MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

 

Teachers in the West African state of Mali went on strike Tuesday, the first day schools reopened after being closed for two months, over fears of inadequate protection against coronavirus.

Details of the number of students affected were unavailable, but seven teachers’ unions are striking, officials said, in a move that will hit public primary and secondary schools, as well as teacher-training colleges.

The government shut schools to curb coronavirus in late March. These reopened on Tuesday, but only for final year students who are facing exams.

Sambou Diadie Fofana, the general secretary of Mali’s National Union of Secondary School Teachers, told AFP that the strike was triggered by a “lack of measures (taken) in schools to protect everyone”.

Authorities have recorded 1,351 coronavirus cases in the country to date, with 78 fatalities.

Mali’s education ministry did not immediately respond about the number of students and teachers who returned to school on Tuesday.

In a meeting with education organisations on Monday, Mali’s Education Minister Mahamadou Famanta promised that facemasks and hand-washing kits would be available in schools, local media reported.

Moussa Diallo, 41, a unionised public-school teacher in the capital Bamako, said that soap and water had been made available in “several places” in his school.

Malian teachers also walked out of classrooms in January — before coronavirus hit — over a pay dispute.

Authorities had promised salary hikes in October 2016, which never transpired.

FG To Engage More Qualified Teachers To Increase Teacher-To-Pupil Ratio

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government is ready to engage more qualified teachers to increase the teacher-to-pupil ratio in the country.

The President said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he received the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

He acknowledged that Nigeria has 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,” he said.

“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,”.

Speaking further, the president described teaching as one of the noblest of professions.

“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,” he said.

The President also used the occasion to pay tribute to teachers, noting that they have been at the forefront of cultivating young minds to be innovative and inventive.

“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.

In his remarks, the NUT President, Mohammed Idris, commended the Buhari administration’s over what he described as the numerous groundbreaking strides in the education sector.

He said 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 union leader also praised the 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.

Presenting some pressing challenges of the teachers to the President, the NUT leader appealed for presidential assent to the Bill on Teachers Retirement Age, and the Teachers Special Salary Structure (TSSS), among others.

According to Idris, the Teachers Retirement Age, when signed into law, will improve teacher-to-pupil ratio in the country, improve teacher’s retention rate in public primary and secondary schools and “revolutionise and strengthen the profession for the wellbeing of the nation’s schools.”