• The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos State Chapter has urged the incoming government in the state to address problems of recruitment in the education sector.

    According to the Chairman, Mr Segun Raheem, there is need to ensure that principals are properly appointed and more teachers urgently recruited.

    Raheem said the number of teachers in the state was inadequate and it was important to fill vacant positions.

    “So many teachers are retiring, some died and some others are having all kinds of issues one way or other, so they need to be replaced.’’

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    The chairman suggested that the position of the Headmaster-General should be introduced for primary schools to coordinate their affairs.

    “They will act as a link between the Local Government Education Authority and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

    “The position of the Headmaster-General is already in existence in Ogun State and it is working well and could also be adopted in Lagos State,’’ Raheem said.

    He also advised that principals should be appointed as Tutors-General /Permanent Secretaries for the sector.

    “Some of the appointees now are not teachers and they came in through the back door.

    “Three out of the six permanent secretaries were serving principals at the point of appointment,” he said.

    Raheem said that the appointment of tutors-general and permanent secretaries should be regularised to benefit the sector.

    The unionist also pleaded with the government to embark on training and retraining of teachers on the use of Information Communication Technology.

    “Prompt payment of pensioners and backlog of arrears should also be looked into by the incoming government.

    “The construction of houses for teachers should be looked into as well as a new salary scale for teachers,” he said. (NAN)

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