Ondo State NUT laments shortage of teachers
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ondo state has appealed to the state government to recruit more teachers to fill up the increasing vacancies in public primary schools in the state.
The acting secretary of the union, Solomon Igbelowowa, who spoke with reporters in Akure lamented that there is acute shortage of teachers in all the 18 local government councils.
According to him, 500 teachers retire from the state teaching service every year, leaving many classrooms virtually empty.
“Dearth of teachers is the greatest challenge facing educational system in the state, especially in public primary schools. For the past 12 years, no single teacher was recruited to teach in our public primary schools.
“We have a public primary school in Ondo State where there is only one teacher to 300 pupils, how do you expect a teacher to cope with such situation?
“With this scenario, we are killing education and mortgaging the future of our pupils. So, there is urgent need for government to recruit more teachers now.”
Igbelowowa warned that if pupils were not properly trained, they would grow up to engage in social vices that would be detrimental to the peace of the state.