Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, has strongly opposed the current admission policy of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, which puts cut-off marks for admission into universities at 180 while those for polytechnics and colleges of education is placed at 150.
In a statement signed by the secretary-general of the union, Mr Obong I. J. Obong, and made available to Nigerian Pilot, NUT described the policy as “derogatory, highly discriminatory and calculated at demeaning and lowering the professional status of teachers with its concomitant negative effect on the attainment of quality education in the country.
“The admission policy introduced by JAMB is of great disservice to the education sector where the best brains and students of distinction are placed in other courses while those with lower grades are pushed into teaching.
“The Nigeria Union of Teachers hereby calls for an immediate reversal of this policy. The government must henceforth ensure that only students of distinction are admitted to be trained as teachers in all educational institutions in the county. This is the practice in most advanced and developed countries, where it is considered that a teacher’s ability to disseminate knowledge to students is dependent on his sound intellectual capability.
“This is how government deliberately source for people with lower educational content to become teachers only to turn around and blame them for poor delivery. If this is allowed to stand, government should take full responsibility for the resultant short comings that may be observed in our educational institutions in future from those teachers.
“It must however be noted that we still have in abundance very brilliant and effective teachers currently in service who should be nurtured for effective service delivery which is why the NUT has been calling for the raising of the retirement age of teachers in primary and secondary schools to 65 years,” Obong argued.
He said increase in retirement age of teachers in primary and secondary schools would facilitate experience sharing between old and the young teachers.

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