IN order to address the multifaceted problems hindering quality education in Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) yesterday demanded for National Summit on Education, which will also address their welfare and sundry compensation packages.
This was the kernel of the address of the National President of the NUT, Michael Olukoya, who lamented poor condition of service for teachers in many states of the federation.
Olukoya, whose speech was read by Samson Akinlade, to teachers at Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti, venue of the 2015 World Teachers’ Day said, “in this summit, experts, professionals and stakeholders will bring their experiences to bear in offering solutions to the emergent issues and problems that have bedeviled the system and hindered it from actually serving the current demands of the Nigeria society viz a viz our culture as a people.
“In such a summit it is expected that issues like teacher training, entry requirement, scores and cut-off point in the UTME for education courses, teachers’ salaries and its national structure, enhanced retirement age, motivation, should be x-rayed towards repositioning the education system to serve the Nigerian society of the present era.”
He also disclosed that over 600 teachers had been killed by Boko Haram insurgents while 19,000 others had been displaced due to the activities of the terror group.
Olukoya also canvassed the raising of teachers retirement age to 65 years, to prevent premature retirement and retention of matured and experienced individuals in the system, who can arrest the falling standard of education in Nigeria.