Shortage of Teacher: FG to Engage More Qualified Teachers

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the Federal Government is ready to engage more qualified teachers to increase the teacher-to-pupil ratio in the country.

Receiving the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), President Buhari acknowledged that Nigeria had a deficit of teachers, which his administration is addressing through the N-Power Teach Volunteers scheme under National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

‘‘We have created a dedicated platform under the National Social Investment Programme called N-Power Teach, which engages qualified graduates to man the gaps of basic education delivery in Nigeria.

‘‘These N-Power Teach Volunteers are deployed as teacher assistants in primary schools across Nigeria to support existing teachers.

‘‘The aim of this, and many other Government programs, is to increase the teacher-student ratio at the primary school level thereby enhancing the quality of students moving to secondary schools.

‘‘I want to take this opportunity to ask all members of Nigeria Union of Teachers to support these programs and encourage as many qualified and willing graduates to enroll in the teaching profession,’’ the President said.