‘Teachers are least paid civil servants’
Lagos warns them against unruly behaviour
The Emir of Zuru, Alhaji Muhammadu Sani Sami has lamented the plight of teachers in the country saying they are the least paid by employers. The emir who disclosed this at a one-day education retreat organised by the state ministry of education held at the presidential banquet hall in the state capital said teachers, by virtue of their role of imparting knowledge and character moulding should be handsomely paid in appreciation of their duties.
“They teach ministers, politicians and other prominent people in the country but sadly they have been neglected. In his remarks, the state commissioner for Education, Alhaji Muhammadu Aliero identified acute shortage of teachers, lack of infrastructures and facilities as factors responsible for total collapsed of education in the state.
The commissioner in his paper at the retreat attributed the downward trend in the sector to dilapidated classrooms structures, poor laboratories and lack of teaching and learning facilities.
Aliero further lamented that inspite of the acute shortage of teachers; the few ones working are demoralized by lack of promotion, implementation, insufficient teaching/learning facilities and other conditions of service.
“Quality assurance mechanism have virtually collapsed, with unmotivated and ill-equipped school inspectors and supervisors” resulting in massive failure in the school certificate examination and poor performance in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
To address the trend, the commissioner called for the immediate revival of the teacher training programme to meet the demands of primary education. Meanwhile, Lagos state government has warned volunteer graduate teachers under the N-Power programme of the Federal Government to shun acts of indiscipline.
The state deputy governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule who gave the warning at a one-day induction course organised for the participants warned that anyone that contravened the civil service rules would be punished according to the dictates of the law.
She clarified that the same laws guide both the federal and state government workers. The 5,436 inductees who will be paid N30, 000 monthly are to teach in primary and junior secondary schools across the state.
Adebule tasked the inductees to be focused and dedicated to their duties and also ensure they make a positive impact in the sector. The commissioner noted that the state government has a way of monitoring teacher’s performance and rewarding dedication, diligence and hardwork.
“And this motivation will be extended to you as well and winning the prizes available is yours to decide. So, we don’t tolerate truancy, laziness and disobedience to constituted authorities.
She also enjoined them not to see their posting to either the primary or secondary sector as conferring superiority or privilege on the other but see it as an opportunity to serve humanity and contribute to the development of the sector.
Adebule however expressed optimism that the allocation of subjects to be taught in their places of primary assignment would be predicated on their qualifications and core subjects of study.
Earlier the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi reminded that the N-Power programme was designed to reduce graduate unemployment and assured that government would not deprive them of their allowances.