The Nigeria Union of Teachers has expressed worry over the proliferation of largely unregulated private schools in the county.
The National President of the Union Comrade Audu Titus Amba stated this in Abuja at a workshop on privatisation and commercialisation of Education in Nigeria.
Comrade Amba said all kinds of institutions are springing up on a daily basis with the sole aim of making profits thereby denying the less privileged, disadvantaged and the vulnerable especially children with disabilities, the girl child and those living in rural areas access to quality education.
According to Comrade Amba “the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT reiterates her stand against the brazen attempt to legitimize profit making in the provision of education, which is antithetical to our quest, desire, and commitment, as a nation, to provide free, Inclusive and equitable quality education to all in line with SDG 4.
While the NUT appreciates the expanded role of teachers and embraces the use of technology in education and encourages teachers to build capacities and be resilient, creative and innovative to shape the future of education and the teaching profession, government and other employers of teachers must provide them opportunities for regular training and continuing professional development, and be adequately equipped, empowered and supported to be able to adapt to new trends in education and teaching and meet challenges and demands of the 21″ century”
The NUT President urged Government not to abdicate its responsibility to regulate and monitor the operations of private providers based on set standards and human rights principles.
He said Government should be alive to its obligation to guarantee the right to education by providing free, inclusive, equitable quality education for the benefit of the nation’s children and citizenry.
He stressed the need for Government to invest more in education by allocating the internationally recommended benchmarks of 6% of GDP and 20% of the national budget to education.
The Regional Director, Education International Africa, Dr Dennis Sinyolo in a keynote address, said studies had shown that the proliferation of private schools was caused by gaps created through poor funding of public schools.
He called for the strengthening of public schools particularly in Africa, through infrastructure development and teachers’ welfare among others.
The Registrar, Chief Executive Officer of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Professor Josiah Ajiboye while declaring the workshop opened said Government is committed tO improving the welfare of teachers in public schools through the implementation of the new retirement age, new salaries scheme, and allowances for teachers.