- President Buhari has observed that the welfare and training of teachers must be given priority, in order to revive the education sector
- The president stated that education cuts across the three tiers of government, and it is important to consider who pays the teachers at every level
- Buhari added that we will have a better society when education is not only for those who can afford to pay expensive fees in schools
The welfare and training of teachers who directly create the enabling environment for learning, must be given priority, in order to revive the education sector, President Muhammadu Buhari has observed.
The president made the observation at the State House in Abuja when he received a delegation from the Arewa House Centre for Historical Documentation and Research, Tribune reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the president called for more focus and research on the impact of teachers; pointing out that the quality of training, welfare and happiness of teachers has a direct impact on the quality of education children and adults get in schools.
He said: “If it has to do with integrity, we must go back to history and try to assess the contribution of teachers to education, where teachers treated every child as their own in instilling discipline and sharing of knowledge.
“I was lucky to be in a boarding school for nine years, three years in primary school and six years in secondary school before I joined the military. And if we are talking of good education, it has to start with the teaching in schools, where children grow and the environment of learning.”
The president stated that education cuts across the three tiers of government, and it is important to consider who pays the teachers at every level and if the teachers get adequately compensated to provide quality education.
He added: “We must make education and health a priority, relative to the resources available.”
Buhari further asserted that the challenge of re-positioning the educational sector and cultivating strong moral values in children should be pursued holistically at a national level, as it goes beyond Northern Nigeria.
He said: “Your nomenclature is Arewa, but the problem of education is a national issue.”
According to the president, “we will have a better society when education is not only for those who can afford to pay expensive fees in schools.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Ministry of Education disclosed that every qualified and licensed teacher would be employed as part of efforts to rid the system of unqualified teachers.
Sonny Echono, permanent secretary of the ministry of education, made the disclosure when monitoring the May Diet of the Teachers Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) in Abuja.
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