By Favour Nnabugwu
As teachers in the country celebrate world teachers’ day with the theme, Take a stand for teachers, they, Friday raised alarm over the dilapidated structures and falling infrastructures in schools across all tiers of government in the country even as the federal government admitted challenges facing Nigerian teachers.
President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT) at the Eagle Square in Abuja lamented the deteriorated state of especially primary and secondary schools at local government, state and federal government levels, regretting the poor condition of the schools and its negative contribution to the performance of students across the nation.
According to him, “we wish to use this auspicious day to remind the government of Nigeria on all the tiers that our schools are still largely dilapidated and are unsuitable for conducive learning”
Olukoya noted that, “Students do well when they study in a conducive environment. It is a conducive environment that makes a teacher to perform at his optimum”.
Despite the state og disrepair in which most of the country’s schools are in, NUT president said that teachers are currently the lowest ranked profession that enjoyed good salary structure.
He said, “Teachers are among the lowest paid professionals, in most countries of the world hence they are so down trodden and unappreciated”.
“It is a cryptic but painful admission that the condition of teachers has not changed significantly compared with other professionals”