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Deputy governor urges better pay for teachers


The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, on Wednesday said that teachers must receive and enjoy the rewards of their labour on earth first, before doing so in heaven.

Adebule, who is also the state’s Commissioner for Education spoke at the World Teachers Day celebration organised by the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the United Nations in 1994 proclaimed Oct. 5 as World Teachers Day to celebrate the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status’.

Adebule promised that the Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration would continue to improve welfare of teachers and promote professionalism to achieve quality teaching in the classroom.

“Our vision of providing the best education delivery for our citizens can only be achieved when adequate care and attention are given to our teachers.

“This explains why Lagos State Government has always focused on ensuring the welfare, personal development, training and promotion of teachers.

“Our teachers’ dedication have continued to show in the performance of our students, such that the 2016 WASSCE result showed a record of 50.41 per cent as against 49.71 per cent recorded in 2015, ” she said.

Adebule urged the teachers to always conduct themselves honourably and uphold the ethics of the profession.

She also called on stakeholders to collaborate with the government to achieve quality education, better the lots of teachers and change the society’s perception about them.

Also at the event, Mr Michael Alogba-Olukoya, National President of NUT, said the present economic recession affected teachers and could spell doom for public education in the country.

Alogba-Olukoya, who was represented by Mr Ola Ayoola, said some state governments used the recession as excuse not to pay salaries and cater for teachers’ welfare.

“We are calling on the Federal and State Governments to look into the plight of teachers to help them carry out their mandate of providing quality and functional education to our future leaders.

“We also urge President Muhammadu Buhari to also confer presidential awards on teachers to honour and boost their morale,” he said.

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