Plan International Nigeria, an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls, has called on governments at the federal and state levels to prioritise availability of qualified teachers.
In a statement issued in commemoration of the 2018 World Teachers’ Day, Plan International Nigeria’s Country Director, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, stated that “as the teachers’ day is marked world over today, we have found it necessary that issues affecting the nation’s education system and the importance of ensuring availability of qualified teachers be addressed,”
Abdu who noted that the right to education cannot be separated from the availability of qualified teachers, observed that this had been admitted by President Muhammadu Buhari, who attributed Nigeria having 13.2 million children out of school and high illiteracy level to infrastructural deficit and decay, unqualified teachers, and inadequate instructional materials in the country.
Noting that the implication of lack of relevant and competent teachers is aptly captured in the theme of the 2018 International Teachers’ Day, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”,
Abdu called on the call on the Nigeria governments, both at the federal and states levels, “to prioritise improvement in teachers’ education, better investment in in-service training of existing teachers, creation of relevant incentives for teachers and further recruitment of qualified teachers”
He emphasised that governments at all levels need to “improve on incentives for teachers and the teaching profession given the importance of education in building and sustaining individual and society’s development.
“The governments must prioritise the restoration of the dignity of the teachers who drive the impartation of knowledge in schools”, he said.
Plan International Nigeria also lauded teachers in conflict affected parts of the country for their sacrifices.
“We salute the courage and sacrifices teachers and volunteer teachers in conflict affected areas, especially in the North East of the country make.”
They have been instrumental in provision of education for the children affected by the conflict in the region”, stated the organisation’s Country Director.