From Julius Kezi, Kafanchan
The Kaduna State Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has urged the state government to ensure qualified teachers are employed in schools to ensure quality service delivery in the sector.
Chairman, NUT Kaduna, Comrade Audu Titus Amba, made the call at the Union 5th Quadrennial Delegates conference held on Monday at the Government Secondary School, Kagoro, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Amba slso observed that retirement of teachers across the state has made it imperative for recruitment of qualified ones to fill the vacuum. He appealed to the state government to sustain the drive in the rehabilitation of school structure, facilities as well as provision of teaching materials to create conducive teaching and learning atmosphere.
The NUT chairman also urged the state to train and retrain teachers, pay attention to teachers’ housing scheme, payment of N18, 000 minimum wage and promotion arrears as motivation to enable them render quality service.
Comrade Amba noted with satisfaction that under the Teachers Earn Well Scheme, the state wing would disburse the sum of N58 million to subscribing retirees and families of deceased teachers.
In a key note address, guest speaker at the occasion, Dr. Auwal A. Guga, of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, said unions in the education industry (NUT, ASUU, COEASU and ASUP) should play the role of effective watch dogs to ensure that policies are effectively implemented.
Speaking on the theme “Sustaining quality education in the 21st century”, Dr. Guga said “the present quality of education should not only be sustained, but be improved upon, in line with global best practices. He emphasized that Nigeria should avoid the mistake of America by promoting moral education which will check against cultism, homosexuality, lesbianism and transgender, which have been outlawed by the faiths and cultures of the Nigerian state.
In a message through Comrade Isaac Achin, the NUT National President Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya, commended the Kaduna State wing of NUT over its achievements and sustainable peace over the years, describing the state chapter as the best in the country and solicited delegates of the conference to retain the crop of leadership to enable it consolidate on its achievement.
The NUT president also expressed gratitude to the Kaduna State government for supporting the union, which has contributed to the success story and in effect its quest to guarantee quality education.