It is World Teachers Day and some teachers in Nigeria are concerned that the level of security in their schools is still very low.

They want the government to do something about it, especially when kidnapping of teachers and students has happened in different schools in Lagos State of recent, the latest being that of Senior Secondary School Students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe.

Six students were taken.

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At the World Teachers Day celebration in Lagos, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Mr Michael Olukoya, identified insecurity as one of the challenges teachers were facing.

Many teachers are in insecure school environment, they get inadequate training, are poorly paid and they also lack promotion prospects and professional autonomy.

Olukoya, represented by Mrs Adebukola Kareem, Assistant Secretary, NUT Abuja, said the challenges undermined the status of the teaching profession and the outcome of educational service delivery in Nigeria.

He urged governments and employers of teachers to ensure that they are empowered, honoured, respected and valued.

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“They should ensure the provision of decent working condition, professional autonomy, high quality training and continuous professional development and support,’’ he said.

Olukoya pledged that Nigerian teachers would continue to contribute their quota to the progress of the country.

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