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Lawmaker advocates robust incentives for teachers

A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Gbolahan Yishawu on Friday called on government at all levels to make teaching profession more attractive to young Nigerians.

Mr Yishawu, representing Eti-Osa constituency II, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, stated this in Lagos in the commemoration of 2019 World Teachers Day.

International Teachers Day, is held annually on Oct.5.

The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.

Mr Yishawu noted that this year’s theme, “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession” recognised the critical importance of the teaching mission.

The lawmaker said the theme of this year was to call on governments at all levels to make teaching a profession of first choice for young people.

Mr Yishawu said that the profession could be made attractive through robust incentives, prompt remuneration and awards to appreciate the efforts of teachers.

“We can make teaching profession more attractive through robust salary and other benefits that will make the young Nigerians to embrace the profession.

“We need young people as teachers to carry on the legacy.

Similarly, government should provide modern learning materials for the schools to aid teaching profession,” he said.

This year, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme, “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.”.

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