…..Urges govt. to reinstate those that followed due process
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), State of Osun Chapter, has said the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, rushed the appointment of the 1500 teachers sacked by Governor Ademola Adeleke.
The state NUT chairman, Comrade Muritala Fatade, who stated this in an exclusive interview with Osun Defender, lamented the dearth of teachers in public schools across the state.
The NUT boss, appealed to the state government to reinstate those who got the appointment through due process among the sacked teachers back to the system, adding that the gap to be filled was large.
He said even with the reinstated of some of the sacked teachers, the state still has a lot of vacuum to fill in providing adequate teachers for the state-owned schools.
He said: “We have an acute shortage of teachers in Osun State government schools as of today. The shortage is just too enormous to the extent that in rural areas, we have some schools where we have five, six and eight teachers in a whole secondary school.
“It is only in the urban centre that it is fairly okay but talk of the rural areas, the shortage is too much. We want to appeal to our Governor to please, employ more teachers as a matter of urgency.
“I will like also to plead on behalf of the 1500 teachers that the last administration rushes their employment. For those who got the employment through due process, the government should please, reinstate them.
“Even if they reinstate these people, we still need more teachers. What we have now is an acute shortage. The gap they need to fill is just too much. No school in all the local governments across the state does not need teachers.
“The 1500 teachers can not even fill the gap. They will have to immediately recruit more. We want the government to come to our aid.
“The government is talking about improving the standard of education, there is no way they can achieve this without having adequate teachers on the ground.”