The Delta State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has expressed its appreciation to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for authorizing the creation of over 2000 new job positions within primary schools across the state.
The Chairman of the NUT’s Delta State chapter, Comrade Titus Okotie, regarded this decision as an economic relief for numerous graduates and families. He also viewed it as an optimistic sign for the education sector’s future prospects.
Okotie commented, “Addressing the long-standing issue of teacher shortages, especially within primary schools, has been a persistent demand. During the election campaign, Elder Sheriff Oborevwori engaged with the NUT, and we raised this issue. We stressed the necessity of making the workload manageable for the limited number of teachers still in service, and he committed to addressing the matter decisively.”
“In that conversation, we also suggested that appointing one of our executives to his Transition Committee would be a more effective approach to tackling this issue. He agreed and subsequently followed through on that commitment.”
“After assuming office, the teacher shortage concern was discussed at the Joint Action Committee, and he promptly granted approval for the recruitment of teachers.”
“While the current sanctioned number does not completely resolve the matter, I must emphasize that it marks a promising beginning. I commend His Excellency for his swift action.”
Okotie revealed that around 2005, the state had approximately 27,000 teachers, a number that dwindled to about 17,000 by 2015, and further decreased to around 10,000 qualified educators.
He stated, “With this initial step, the Governor has made a commendable start. He has indicated that this number is just the beginning, with no indication that it’s the final solution.”
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