From Toluwa Agboluaje, Ibadan
As the World Teachers’ Day was marked yesterday, the Oyo State wing of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on Governor Seyi Makinde to recruit more teachers to fill the vacancies created by those who retired recently.
The state chairman, Comrade Tojuade Samson Adedoyin, said public schools in the state did not have enough teachers.
Adedoyin who is a Vice-Principal also called on Makinde to give school infrastructure a face-lift and provide a good working environment for the teachers.
He said: “We want the governor to recruit new teachers. We don’t have enough teachers. About 2,000 teachers retired in September ending but there are no replacement yet. Many of the people you see in the schools are not teachers. They are corps members and N-power teachers who did not study education.
“We are demanding to be treated equally. Certain allowances are getting to others but not to primary school teachers. Leave grants for 2018 which others workers have enjoyed have not got to primary school teachers.
“Three weeks after resumption, we are expecting the running grants and cost for the day-to-day management of the schools. Principals and Headmasters have not received it. The government should release it. The working environment should be improved upon”.
Governor Makinde who was represented by the Head of Service, Mrs.Ololade Agboola reiterated the government’s commitment to give education the prime priority.
He disclosed that education is one of the cardinal objectives of his administration which made the administration to take some drastic steps in the sector .
He therefore urged the teachers to reciprocate the government’s gesture with diligence and commitment.
The theme of this year’s Teachers’ Day is :”Young Teacher: The Future of the Teaching Profession”.