President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday said with over 10 million out of school children in Nigeria, at least, 250,000 teachers would be needed in the country to achieve the recommended teacher to pupil ration of 1:30. Buhari who disclosed this yesterday at the 2018 World Teachers Day celebration in Abuja, lamented that the teaching profession has been regarded as a dumping ground.
According to the President, the profession is being patronised by people who believe that teaching is a part-time job that allows them to engage in other businesses they consider lucrative.Buhari who was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, explained that the Teachers Registration Council (TRCN) and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) have made tremendous efforts towards putting regulations in place to control the practice of teaching as a profession.
“The council has directed that those who want to build up career in teaching and any uncertified teacher in the school system to obtain professional certificates and licenses from TRCN as a condition for being employed or retained as professional teachers.
The president who presented a brand new car to a secondary school teacher in Ogun State, Patrick Adedamola, who emerged overall best teacher of the 2018 President’s Teachers and Schools Excellent Award, said the federal government is working assiduously to improve teacher education for skills acquisition.In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adams Adams, said the ministry has conceived and developed strategy for the professional development of teachers. Read more