By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja
The Nigerian government says necessary machineries are being put in place to ensure greater access to quality education in Nigeria.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba said this in Abuja during a Ministerial Briefing preceding the 2019 World Teachers’ Day Celebration in Nigeria.
He said that no nation could rise above the level of her teachers, explaining that government was conscious of the quality of teachers and learners.
Nwajuiba said it was in view of the prevalence of unqualified and incompetent teachers in the education system that the ministry re-positioned the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), to professionalise teachers and the teaching profession.
“The ministry is systematically and fully committed to constant upgrading of the teaching standards and contents to boost teacher quality in Nigeria.
“We are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to ensure that teachers are professionally qualified, empowered and adequately remunerated, motivated and supported for efficiency and effectiveness.
“The National Teachers Institute (NTI) has been in the forefront of capacity building of primary school teachers to improve their pedagogical skills.
“The institute has been engaged in upgrading under-qualified and unqualified teachers by providing courses of instruction bearing in mind that the exit date for unqualified teachers in our educational system remains Dec. 31.”
Meet global standards
Nwajuiba also said that the government had put in place various mechanisms toward strengthening the implementation of teacher education.
He said teaching quality was being reviewed while monitoring instruments was being upgraded to meet global standards.
He said the bill seeking the review of retirement age of teachers from 60 years to 65 years was before the National Assembly, stressing that all issues around it were “almost sorted out”.
The Minister called on development partners, private sector, civil societies and every citizen to join hands with government at all levels to invest in education as a tool for national development.
Meanwhile the National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Dr Muhammed Idris commended the collaborative efforts of the government, the NUT and other stakeholders towards the success of the quest for the review of the retirement age of teachers.
Digital training programme
Idris called on those involved not to rest on their oars until the bill saw the light of day.
Professor Josiah Ajiboye, Chief Executive Officer, TRCN had said that the council was committed to improving the quality of education in the country.
Ajiboye assured Nigerians of TRCN’s readiness to ensure that the nation’s teachers were at par with their colleagues across the world, explaining that the council had introduced innovations such as professional examinations and digital training programme, to address emerging challenges.
World Teachers’ Day was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1994 to be celebrated across the globe every 5th of October.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Young Teachers, the Future of the Profession”.