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FG ASSURES IMPLEMENTATION OF TEACHERS WELFARE PACKAGE BY 2022

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark World Teachers’ Day, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has lamented the inability of some state governments to implement the National Minimum Wage Act for teachers since it was signed into law in 2018.

 NUT national president, Dr. Nasir Idris expressed the concern in Abuja during the 2021 teacher’s day celebration and presidential teachers and school excellence award.

 World Teachers’ Day is held every 5th October to celebrate all teachers around the globe and to also commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

Speaking on the 2021 theme, “Teachers at the heart of education recovery,” the NUT president, Dr. Nassir Idris said following the occurrence of COVID-19, 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 learners including the underprivileged, disadvantaged and other vulnerable children, especially the girl child.

The union further called on the Federal Ministry of Education to ensure that the teachers of

Unity Schools are allowed to organize themselves and participate in NUT activities as their trade union of choice. While paying tribute to their fallen colleagues, the union observed with great concern the several attacks on schools and other learning institutions. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured teachers that the implementation of most of the targets in the repositioning of teachers will be achieved by January 2022.

The president who was represented at the event by the Minister of State for Education, prof Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba

said teachers’ welfare remains paramount in the scheme of

things, and negotiations are ongoing to ensure that their salary is

prioritized. He implored NUT and Nigerians to reflect on the past and reciprocate the landmark gesture by explicitly committing to the provision of excellent service delivery.

In his address, the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, represented by the permanent secretary, Arch. Sonny Echono charged teachers to continue to support the government to shape the future of the education sector and the country at large.

 He commended the teachers for their resilience and collaboration to ensure the stabilization of the school calendar urging them to be assured that accelerated implementation of most of the target resolutions is on course

In a joint message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO),

Ms. Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, and Mr. David Edwards, General Secretary of Education International, called on countries to invest and prioritize teachers in global education recovery efforts so that every learner has access to a qualified and supported teacher.

 They said teachers are at the heart of global education recovery efforts and are key in accelerating progress towards inclusive, equitable and quality education for every learner, in every circumstance.

 The agencies celebrated the exceptional dedication and courage of all teachers, as well as their capacity to adapt and innovate under very challenging and uncertain conditions.

 They said now is the time to recognize the exceptional role teachers play by empowering them

with the training, professional development, support, and working conditions they need

to deploy their talent.

The agencies said in Sub-Saharan Africa alone requires 15 million more teachers to reach the education goals by 2030. Surmounting these challenges requires bold commitment, investment, and innovation on a scale like never before.

They call for investment in more teachers and in training and professional development opportunities, so that educators may enrich their practice and gain the skills to integrate and use educational technologies effectively to support learning and adapt to a diversity of learners’ needs.

Highlights of the event were the presentation of Awards by the president to the best teachers and best schools in different categories across the thirty-six states in the country including the FCT.

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