Teachers raise alarm over insecurity in Northern schools

Worried by the security challenges in the country and its attendant risks, head teachers of primary schools across the nation have asked the Federal Government to protect the lives of school children by providing adequate security around Nigerian schools.

Speaking under the aegis of Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria, AOPSHON, the teachers called for the beefing-up of security around schools that are in volatile areas of the North.

National President of the association, Mr. Lawal Mahmud in Abuja, at the end of its National Executive Council meeting, decried the incessant bomb attacks in the country, a trend he described as detrimental to the development of the nation.

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The teachers also said they were in full support of the planned strike action by Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in states of the federation that were yet to implement the 27.5 percent teachers’ enhanced salary structure.

NUT leadership had ordered its members in the 14 states yet to implement the 27.5 percent salary increment, to commence indefinite strike with effect from 23rd of this month.

A statement at the end of the meeting also deplored the inadequacy of training and capacity building for head teachers and urged government at all levels to reverse the trend.

It said: “NEC-in-session decried the level of decay in infrastructure in our public primary schools and called the attention of the Federal, states and local government areas to it and demands an emergency solution before the greatest damage is done to the existing low level of standard of primary education in Nigeria.”

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