The Federal Government will on Monday, October 5, give out two brand new Hyundai cars as a gift to the best teachers one in public and the other in private schools nationwide.
It will also reward the best two schools with a bus each and also give the best teacher in each of the 774 local government areas of the country with a various gift.
The chief executive\ registrar of the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor ‘Segun Ajiboye, gave this hint in an exclusive interview with Tribune Online.
He said the federal government came up with the initiative as a way of rewarding hard work and encouraging healthy competition among school teachers in both public and private sectors.
He added that the gesture would also boost teachers’ morale and consequently lead to education and economic development of the country.
He said the awards would be given out to the intending recipients during this year’s World Teachers’ Day celebration on Monday, October 5 in Abuja, the federal capital territory.
When asked to assess teachers and teaching profession in Nigeria 60 years after independence, he said both teachers and teaching profession were of high standards at independence up to 1990 when the Structural Adjustment Programme was introduced by the military government of the period.
“That is when the government began to owe teachers salaries for many months and many of them began to leave the profession and those who remained were taking an additional job to augment their income for survival,” he recalled.