The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos State branch, has called on the Lagos State Government to employ more teachers to fill vacuum created by retired teachers in public schools.
The state NUT Chairman, Mr Adedoyin Adesina, made the call in Lagos on Monday at the celebration of 2020 World Teacher’s Day.
He said that the union recommended that the state government should employ new teachers on the basis of specific needs for each subject.
Adesina acknowledged that the government had employed some teachers for both the secondary and primary schools earlier this year but added: “The number is still short of our expectation.
“Many teachers have retired this year and the vacuum has to be filled in the various subjects,’’ he said.
Adesina also spoke on the need for the creation of additional classrooms to create more space for students and prevent over-crowded classes.
“This is the ideal, to implement the UNESCO’s standard of one teacher to 25 learners in a classroom.
“Low-cost buildings can be built as an emergency measure across the state,’’ he said.
Besides, the union leader stressed that teachers were the central figures and players in the educational system.
“UNESCO recommends 26 per cent budget provision for education but no federal, state or local government has ever met this recommendation.
“The resultant effect is the poor standard of education.
“Therefore, we have to re-image and re-invent this situation,’’ he said.
Adesina, however, commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the proactive and pragmatic measures he put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our visionary and the highly ingenious governor had long before the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic introduced digital training and learning into our primary school education.
“We gave our utmost support for that innovative idea by encouraging our teachers, who successfully drive such the idealistic and imaginative concept,” he added.
The theme of this year’s 2020 World Teacher’s Day celebration is “Leading in Crisis, Re-imagining The Future”.