As teachers in Delta State joined their counterpart to celebrate the World Teachers Day, the state Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Comrade Jemirieyigbe Jonathan, has identified the major challenges confronting the union such as acute shortage of teachers, inadequate number of graduate primary school teachers promoted beyond salary grade level 14 amongst others.
Jonathan called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to put the necessary machinery in motion for the urgent implementation of promotion for secondary school teachers in order to avoid unnecessary accumulation of arrears.
The NUT chairman appealed to Okowa to direct the Post Primary Education Board, PPEB, and the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, to release and implement the 2015 outstanding promotion of primary and secondary school teachers in order to prevent industrial action.
He flayed the non-payment of subvention to school heads in the state since 2014, non-release of first term examination grants to primary and secondary school heads and non-payment of riverine/rural allowance to teachers by SUBEB and PPEB many years after its approval by the state government.
He therefore expressed optimism and implicit confidence in the ability of Governor Okowa to tackle the enumerated daunting challenges bedeviling the state public school system.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has expressed the need for teachers to be persons of integrity and noble character, adding that they must be good role models.
Okowa, who was represented by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Barrister Chiedu Ebie, pleaded with the teachers to be patient as a result of the trying and turbulent economic times.
According to him, beyond the issue of funding, remunerations and teacher-welfare which often dominate the agenda on days like this, it is my desire that you use the occasion of this year’s celebration to focus on excellence in teaching and learning.

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