Edo NUT bemoans dearth of teachers in secondary schools
The Edo wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers on Wednesday bemoaned the dearth of teachers in public secondary schools across the state.
The state Secretary of the Union, Mike Itua, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin that the problem would have adverse effects on students’ performance.
Itua said that the state government should urgently recruit more teachers, in order to maintain standard in schools.
According to him, the situation will degenerate to a state of emergency, if new teachers are not employed before the end of the year, because more teachers will be retiring.
Itua, however, said that in spite of the challenges, Governor Godwin Obaseki, meant well for the sector as he had pledged to commit 60 per cent of the state budget to education.
The NUT secretary noted that already, the State Universal Basic Education Board had taken steps towards recruiting more personnel into the education sector, while some Federal Government N-power recruits had been posted to teach.
He commended the government for the total revamping and overhauling of infrastructure in the sector, noting that the Adams Oshiomhole Administration started it when our present governor was the Chairman of the state’s economic team.
Itua added: “Now that he is governor, I tell you without fear of contradiction that he is building on the successes of his predecessor.”