Lecturer commends FG intervention on teachers’ welfare
Cyril Mbah, Abuja.
The dean of the faculty of education, Nasarawa State University, Professor Orame Patrick Alaku, has commended the recent federal government intervention on teachers’ welfare, saying it would go a long way to encourage commitment and the improvement of the primary education sector.
Alaku observed, in an interview, that teachers had been neglected for long in country and stated that the intervention would instill confidence in the teachers and make them work hard to improve the education sector.
He urged the government to show more commitment and responsibility in fulfilling the promises made to workers to reduce the frequency of strikes in the country.
The senior lecturer stated that workers cannot be blamed for embarking on strikes saying that government usually goes to the negotiating table to discuss with workers without the least intention to fulfill its promises.
Alaku said Nasarawa State University had made serious efforts to train teachers and commended the leadership qualities of the vice chancellor of the university.
He said the primary schools are the foundation of the education sector pointing out that except the nation gets it right at that level, the development of education might be adversely affected.
The professor urged governments to take a more critical assessment of teachers’ condition of service, including university lecturers who have not been paid for several months saying: “It is demoralising when you expect your salary at the end of the month and it does not come, for whatever reasons.”