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COVID-19 placed greater burden on teachers, says NUT

By Ahmadu Baba Idris (Birnin Kebbi) and Dahiru Suleiman (Dutse)
06 October 2021   |   3:01 am
The National President of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Dr. Nasir Idris, has said that the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis placed a greater burden on teachers.

Laments dearth of professionals in Jigawa

The National President of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Dr. Nasir Idris, has said that the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis placed a greater burden on teachers.

In his keynote address at Kebbi State NUJ Secretariat in Birnin Kebbi to commemorate World Teachers Day, yesterday, Idris said the pandemic expanded the role of teachers and challenged them to appreciate the new normal.

Represented by the Deputy Chairman of NUT in Kebbi, Sanusi Alikali, the union’s president said the pandemic pushed the teachers to embrace the use of technology in education, build their capacities to be resilient, creative and innovative to fit into the rapidly changing world.

He noted that Nigeria’s 46 million learners were also affected by the pandemic.

The theme of this year’s World Teachers Day is ‘Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery’.

“Teachers need to be adequately equipped, empowered and supported to be effective in carrying out the task of education recovery and to meet the learning needs of all leaders, including the underprivileged, disadvantaged and other vulnerable children,” he added.

He emphasised that some of the major concerns of the education sector were insecurity in schools, implementation of the national minimum wage, the retirement age of teachers and shortage of teachers in some schools.

JIGAWA State wing of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has decried the persistent dearth of teachers in primary and post-primary schools across the state, after the retirement of over 7,000 professionals in the last 11 years without replacement.

The re-elected Chairman, Abdulkadir Yunusa, stated this yesterday in commemoration of World Teacher’s Day at NUT Secretariat, Dutse.

His words: “Recruitment of 1953 teachers in both basic and post-basic schools in Jigawa by the state government is grossly inadequate to cater for our over 9,000 schools.”

“Statistics has revealed that many of our schools are without teachers. Despite the state government’s commitment to the education sector, we will like to draw attention to the issue of manpower shortage in our schools.”

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