Niger State Government plans for the total reopening of schools throughout the state, as the governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who disclosed this on Thursday at the inauguration of an ultra-modern administrative building of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).
Some public schools have been reopened since August 10, so that the students in exit classes can sit for the West African School Certificate and the National Examination Council ongoing tests.
To achieve the objective, Bello said: “Deliberate empowerment of teachers is a priority to us since we cannot raise the quality of students without standardising the quality of those who are to impart the knowledge in our students at all levels of our educational system.
“We have been able to recruit additional qualified teachers, renovated some schools under the Whole School Development Approach and established the Teachers Professional Development Agency.”
However, the governor said that the administration will continue to be consistent in responding to the plight of teachers as we look into fringe benefits.
Mr Ibrahim Umar, the state chairman of NUT, stated that the government should implement the 30,000 minimum wages and adjustment for primary school teachers.
He added, the delay of payment of salaries to teachers must be change as they need to be paid as and when due like their counterparts.
The inauguration was carried out in compliance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines including washing of hands and sanitising and wearing of masks.