According to punchnews, Many state governments have refused to employ teachers since 2015 despite an acute shortage of teaching personnel in public primary schools across the country, aa investigated by The PUNCH have shown.
Findings showed that some schools, particularly the ones in the rural areas, had as few as three teachers, who on many occasions absent themselves from work.
Teachers, who spoke with The PUNCH, bemoaned poor remuneration and non-payment of their salaries and allowances.
They said due to poor pay and unpaid wages, they had developed survival strategies including engagement in petty trading and other businesses to augment their incomes.
28 states haven’t employed teachers since 2015 –NUT
The Nigeria Union of Teachers on Monday confirmed The PUNCH’s findings, saying only eight states had employed primary school teachers since 2015.
The union’s National Publicity Secretary, Audu Amba, said apart from Gombe, Kaduna, Imo, Katsina, Kano, Lagos, Plateau and Sokoto states, other 28 states had not employed teachers in the last four years.
This, he said, had been affecting the quality of public primary education in the country.
He also said only 11 states namely Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Lagos, Plateau, Sokoto, Katsina, Yobe and the Federal Capital Territory had recruited secondary school teachers in the last four years.
Besides the non-recruitment of teachers, the NUT national publicity secretary said Abia State owed primary school teachers, five months’ salaries, while their counterparts in secondary schools were being owed 10 months’ salaries.
In a country where you hear the unimaginable amount of money being diverted and stolen by individuals so often that it is beginning to sound like a song, you see the thieves getting more preferential treatment than a royal, you see a weird ass politician proudly showing off his fleet of cars, houses and luxury life when he is only but a politician with no other means of income snd business. Then things that are in need of these moneys like public schools and amenities , are constantly given excuses (which they never lack) why it isn’t going to ever happen.
Why won’t they abandon the public schools when they open up expensive private schools for the sake of their kids,and when the kids are old enough for the university, these politicians go right ahead to open up a university? Children of the poor will always be at the receiving end. This is Nigeria, you are welcome.