President Muhammadu Buhari said in Abuja on Tuesday that the federal government is ready to hire more qualified teachers to increase the teacher-student ratio in the country.
Hosted by the Nigeria Teachers Union (NUT), Buhari acknowledged that Nigeria has a teacher shortage, which its administration is tackling through the N-Power Teach Volunteers program as part of the National Teaching Program. social investment (NSIP).
“We have created a dedicated platform as part of the national social investment program called N-Power Teach, which hires qualified graduates to fill the gaps in basic education in Nigeria.
“These N-Power Teach volunteers are deployed as assistant teachers in primary schools in Nigeria to support existing teachers.
“The objective of this program, and that of many other government programs, is to increase the teacher / student ratio at the elementary level, thereby improving the quality of students entering secondary school.
“I want to take this opportunity to ask all members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers to support these programs and encourage as many qualified and willing graduates to enter the teaching profession,” said the president.
In his remarks, NUT President Dr Nasir Idris praised the progress of the Buhari administration in the education sector.
“Gigantic gains in the anti-corruption crusade, the technical defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, the restoration of teaching and learning in schools in the North East geopolitical zone which have been affected by the insurgency, guaranteeing the release of Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents. “
The union leader also congratulated the Buhari government for supporting the national school feeding program, created the National Secondary Schools Commission to regulate secondary education and proposed the creation of six federal educational colleges in the geopolitical areas of the country. .
Presenting pressing challenges for teachers to the president, the NUT chief notably called for the president’s approval of the draft law on the retirement age of teachers and the special structure for teachers’ salaries (TSSS).
According to Idris, the retirement age for teachers, once promulgated by law, will improve the teacher / student ratio in the country, improve the retention rate of teachers in public primary and secondary schools and ” revolutionize and strengthen the profession for the welfare of the nation. schools. ”