Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says teachers are nation builders, change agents and catalysts for the realisation of any meaningful, functional and effective education delivery to drive national development.
Ambode made the assertion during the activities to mark the 2017 World Teachers’ Day Celebration in Lagos.
The United Nations (UN) World Teachers’ Day is observed every Oct. 5, since 1994.
It is to celebrate the role of teachers in providing quality education at the local and global levels
The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers’’.
Ambode, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, said that experience had shown that teachers performed better and contributed to national development when they were well-motivated.
“This is why this administration has continued to improve on the welfare and training of teachers as well has done infrastructure upgrades to ensure that they are motivated to achieve productivity.
“We have approved the promotion of primary school teachers to Grade Level 17 for them to be at par with their counterparts in the civil service.
“We have also approved the recruitment of additional 500 teachers to meet the population of our students and reduce workload on our teachers.
“Our administration will continue to consolidate on reforms initiated to adequately empower and reward our teachers.
“Teachers should not start enjoying the fruit of their labour only when they get to heaven, they must first earn and relish their rewards while here on earth,’’ he said.
Ambode urged teachers to see themselves as parents, advisers and counsellors to students to mold responsible adults.
He also urged them to continue to maintain the ethics of the profession.
Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, urged government at all levels to prioritise policies that could improve the education sector.
Tinubu also urged teachers to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation by mold and nurturing the country’s future leaders.
Also, Mr Michael Olukoya, National President of NUT, said that many teachers were faced with challenges as insecure school environment, inadequate training, poor remuneration, lack of promotion prospects and professional autonomy.
Olukoya, represented by Mrs Adebukola Kareem, Assistant Secretary, NUT Abuja, said that the challenges undermined the status of the teaching profession and the outcome of educational service delivery in the country.