The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has expressed concern over the acute shortage of teachers in public primary and secondary schools in Ogun State.
Mr Samson Oyelere , State Secretary of NUT raised the concern in an interview with newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday.
Oyelere revealed that some of the public schools had few teachers leaving most of the classrooms empty without teachers.
He expressed the worry of NUT over the increasing number of teachers who retired from public schools without commiserate replacement for them since 2009.
He stated that the situation would worsen when another set of over 600 retire from the service between June and July this year.
He stressed the agitation of the union to the Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s administration, calling for permanent employment for the set of new teachers currently engaged on temporary basis for period of two years under the Ogun TEACh scheme .
The state NUT scribe said that engaging the new teachers on permanent basis would further motivate them to give their best in classrooms.
“We are talking with the State Government to regularize the appointment of the teachers under the Ogun TEACh scheme after two years teaching experience,” he said.
On the recently signed “Harmonized Age and Extension of Service For Teachers In Nigeria Act 2022” by President Mohammadu Buhari, he disclosed that the union was working closely with the Ogun State House of Assembly to domestic act in the state for teachers to attain age of 65 years or spend 40 years from retiring from the service as provided in the act.
Oyelere described the act as a product of struggle by NUT to retain experienced teachers beyond 60years or extend their period of service from 35 to 40 years with the aimed of improving the quality of teaching in classrooms.
The State NUT wing however lauded various initiative of the Abiodun’s administration to Improve the standard of education sector so far.
He urged the government to address the six years of leave bonus arrears and unpaid deductions to encourage teachers to do more in classrooms