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As part of strategy to enhance growth and development across the nation, stakeholders in the education sector have proffered solutions on how to attract the best brain into the teaching profession.

They spoke at the flag-off of the 2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year (MTOY) in Lagos, an initiative of Nigerian Breweries Plc-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, which was established in 2015 to identify, showcase and reward outstanding teachers in Nigeria.

Head of Department, Educational Foundations, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Ngozi Osarenren, who described teachers as invaluable drivers of societal norms, said the profession must be respected to attract the best.

She added that if Nigeria must be saved from the menace of unqualified and incompetent teachers, the nation must find career-oriented teachers who would do the job for passion and not as last resort.

According to her, professionalisation of teaching, reasonable and guaranteed salary, job security and competitive entry requirements for would-be teachers could attract the best hands to the profession.

Managing Director of the firm, Jordi Borrut Bel, said the fund expanded its intervention in education to teachers through the MTOY initiative.

Borrut Bel, who was represented by the Company’s Corporate Affairs Adviser, Kufre Ekanem, added that the initiative was because teachers seldom get the recognition they deserve in spite of the pivotal role they play in determining the quality of education.

He disclosed that so far, the initiative has produced 69 state champions and three overall winners.

He said entries for the exercise, which opened, last Friday, will close on July 2nd 2018. Interested teachers are should download application forms from the Maltina website: www.maltina-nigeria.com.


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