NUT cautions government against planned return of primary schools
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has cautioned the Federal Government against the planned return of primary schools to local councils, saying that no local council currently has the financial capability to fund education.
National President of the union, Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya, who said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said returning primary education to local councils would be a disservice to the country and the children of the poor.
Olukoya, who noted that in the past, there used to be the National Primary Education Commission, which took care of that sector of education, decried the state of schools in the country, calling on governments at all levels to address the glaring lack of attention that public schools in the country were suffering.
According to him, good learning environment will motivate children to learn “as the working environment for teachers is the learning environment for children.
While also pleading that teachers’ salaries be paid as at when due as some states are still owing his members several months of salary arrears, Olukoya expressed the hope that 2017 will remain a strike-free year for teachers.
Insisting that, “There is no way there will be development without the knowledge of the past,” Olukoya appealed, “History must not be dropped for social studies, civic studies or technology. The beginning of planting patriotic zeal in an individual is through the teaching of and learning of history.