Atiku decries prolonged ASUU strike, calls for improved funding - World Teachers' Day
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has called on the government at all levels to invest more in education.
The Ex-vice president stressed the need to improve the management of the education sector in the country.
Atiku who made the call in a statement by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, to commemorate World Teachers' Day, which is celebrated yearly on the 5th of October, decried the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
According to the statement, Atiku lamented that it was regrettable that education is not getting the proper attention it deserves from all stakeholders.
The statement read in part “According to the Ex-Vice President, the poor management of the education sector, which is manifested in poor remuneration of teachers and the attendant consequence of prolonged industrial strike action by teachers, cannot engender the kind of progress and development that we desire as a country.
“Atiku said further that with the increasing expansion of the poverty line across all age demographics, the smartest direction to go is to invest in education. When people are educated, it becomes a lot easier for them to create wealth and make personal decisions that will promote a good lifestyle for their families and society.
"The current practice whereby education takes the last rung of our investment priorities is not only self-sabotaging, it is indeed a threat to national security.
"Most of the challenges that face us today in the name of security issues are concerns that started from illiteracy and later grew to economic disempowerment, which soon grew into national security concerns.
“He said, notwithstanding the poor working conditions of teachers in many states, they have continued to contribute their quota to nation building.
“The Waziri of Adamawa reminded that as globally attested to "No Nation can grow higher than the quality of its education system and no education system can grow higher than the quality of its teachers.
“To this end, he affirmed that progress and development may continue to elude us as a nation unless and until we have trained and well-motivated teachers”.
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