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Good News: These State Are Fully Prepared For Schools To Reopen

The Niger Government has said it is planning for the full reopening of schools across the state.

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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who declared this on Thursday at the inauguration of a state-of-the-art administrative building of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) State Branch, did not provide specifics of the expected reopening of schools closed since March this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Nevertheless, since August 10, several public schools have been reopened to allow exit class students to sit for the West African School Certificate and ongoing examinations by the National Examination Council.

Governor Bello, who was represented at the event by the Education Commissioner, Hajia Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, said that the ultimate educational aim of the government "is to ensure that a functional and sustainable system is developed that promotes the creation of character and learning for the socio-economic growth of the state."

To achieve the goal Bello said: "The deliberate empowerment of teachers is a priority for us as we can not raise the quality of students without standardizing the quality of those who are expected to impart the information to our students at all levels of our educational system.

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She said that,

The sate were able to hire additional trained teachers, renovate some schools under the Whole School Development Approach and create the Professional Development Agency for Teachers.

“We have been able to recruit additional qualified teachers, renovated some schools under the Whole School Development Approach and established the Teachers Professional Development Agency.”

The governor said that the administration will continue to respond consistently to the plight of teachers "while we look at other benefits."

The NUT 's state chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Umar, asked the state government in an address to enforce the N30,000 minimum wage and adjustment for primary school teachers.

He also kicked against the delay in paying teachers wages insisting: "Teachers must be paid when and when due when their peers do."

The NUT National President, Dr. Nasir Idris, said the union "works round the clock towards achieving a retirement age of 65 for our primary and secondary school teachers."

The inauguration was held in accordance with the guidelines of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), including hand washing, sanitizing and mask wearing.

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