Akin Akande, Abuja
If Nigeria must address the problem of poor standard of education and quality in the nation’s basic and post basic education, the Federal Government must conduct a comprehensive research into the teaching profession to determine where the problems are, former Minister of Aviation, Dr. Kema Chikwe has said.
Dr. Chikwe who also said that Nigeria could not continue to totally condemn the nation’s education sector said that the research should also cover teacher’s qualification to determine the number of qualified teachers in the children.
The former Minister who stated this on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the Nigeria pre centenary inter-SUBEBS debate championship remarked that the championship would afford Nigerians to see the job Nigerian teachers are doing.
“We cannot to continue to totally condemn Nigeria education, it is more important to carry out a research to know where things went wrong, it will also include to find out who is a teacher,” she said.
Dr. Chikwe, who noted that the debate would afford the participants to have competitive form, said that teachers in the past saw their work as a noble profession as they had a sense of self worth.
While giving his goodwill message, Director General of National Teachers Institute (NTI) Kaduna, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehun, remarked that primary school children and youths are the future of the country.
He stressed that the debate would bring unity which according to him is what the country needed badly now.
A total of 14 states including the FCT are participating in the debate as at the time of filing this report.
The states are Sokoto, Benue, Katsina, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Ogun, Kwara, Kebbi, Kaduna, Abia, Borno, Zamfara and Oyo.