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FG rewards Teachers with cars, gifts

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presenting reward to the overall best teacher in the country

A Lagos-based teacher with Oke-Edo Senior High School, Alimosho, Lagos, has emerged as the overall best teacher in Nigeria as announced by the Federal Government on Wednesday.

She was selected out of thousands of teachers that were shortlisted for national recognition as part of the event to mark the 2022 World Teacher’s Day and was rewarded with a brand new car.

Teachers awarded new car, gifts

Also rewarded were Ifetike Chekwube Hope from Government Technical College, Onitsha, Anambra State, who emerged the first runner-up, and Adelana Owolabi Paul from Ijebu Muslim College (Junior), Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, who emerged the second runner-up.

In the private school category, Ugokwe Marilyn Uchenna from Susu College, Nkpor, Anambra, State, emerged the overall best teacher, while Adeniyi Olusegun Michael from Caleb British International School, Lagos, and Ayantola Tajudeen Ajayi, from City of Knowledge Academy, Itanrin, Ogun state, emerged first and second runners-up respectively.

St. Michael’s African Church School, Ogun State (primary) was also announced as the best public school in Nigeria, while Nigeria Science and Technology College, Nnewi, Anambra State, and SUBEB Model Nursery and Primary school, Ikole Ekiti, emerged first and second runners-up, respectively.

Similarly, Chukwunedum Sabina Ijeoma, of the Abbot Girl’s Secondary School, Ihiala, Anambra State, emerged the best school administrator of the year. Also, Akinseloyi Adeola Anne of St. Monica’s Girls Grammar School, Ondo state, and Alamu Bolanle Olusola of the Government Senior College, Agege, Lagos, took second and third positions, respectively.

Federal Government Colleges otherwise known as Federal Unity Schools and their teachers were also rewarded for their contributions to the basic and secondary education system in Nigeria.

Usman David Auta from Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Bwari, Abuja, emerged the best teacher in Federal Unity Schools’ category, while Ogu Evelyn Ozoemezie from FGC Portharcourt and Onyemaechi Pius Chinedu from FGGC Nkwelle Ezunaka, emerged second and third positions, respectively.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who presented the awards to the teachers explained that the recognition was to appreciate the teachers for their immeasurable contributions to the growth and development of society.

He assured them that better days are ahead as the new teacher’s policy was already being implemented at the Federal level and in some States, urging other states to immediately do so because the gains are already showing.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission has completed work on the reviewed remuneration package for teachers in basic and secondary schools including provisions for rural posting allowance, science teachers’ allowance, and peculiar allowance.

He noted that implementation is awaiting the conclusion of consultations with state governments and the National Assembly.

Mallam Adamu explained that to mitigate the current dearth of qualified teachers in the school system, the government has commenced the implementation of a teacher conversion programme with ICT training, starting with the Federal Civil Service.

The President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Titus Amba, said the education system in Nigeria is in crisis and needs urgent redress.

He lamented the deplorable state of the education system and poor working conditions of teachers which had adversely affected education service delivery, especially in the public sector.

He appealed to Governments at national and sub-national levels to place a high premium on education and accord teachers their pride of place in society. “We must brace up as a nation to invest adequately in education by raising the budgetary allocations to education in line with the internationally recommended benchmarks of at least four to six percent of GDP and/or 15 to 20 percent of public expenditure.”

Reporting by Daniel Adejo, Editing by Omotola Oguneye