This News was culled from Punch Publication of May 29,2021
As Nigeria celebrates the children’s day on Thursday, the Nigeria Union of Teachers had called on the government to return out-of-school-children back to the classroom.
Secretary-General of NUT, Dr Mike Ike-Ene, in an interview with our correspondent said if the out-of-school-children were not assisted, they would become a social menace to their educated counterparts.
He advised the government to remove all children wandering on the streets and enroll them in schools, adding that some of them were orphans, victims of herdsmen and bandits attacks.
Ike-Ene said, For those not in school, either as a result of being in IDPs or chased away by herders, bandits, we want the government to take step to gather them and ensure they give them education. Some of them have lost their parents and just wandering on the streets. Once you do not give them education, they will become a menace to those who have applied education and that is where inequality comes in, so government should make education accessible, equitable, and quality in nature.
He also called on the government to provide instructional materials, infrastructure and motivate teachers who were critical stakeholders in the education sector.
We are requesting the government to always do the needful by providing infrastructure, and instructional materials, children are not supposed to sit under any tree to receive lectures, the moment it happens, you are hardening them. Government should ensure that the providers of education; the teachers remain the most critical factor in the school, they should be motivated so that they can help the children become what they should be, he explained.
Ike-Ene also encouraged every Nigerian to have a change of heart and help every child achieve greatness.