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Concern mounts over "illiterate" Nigerian teachers

26 November 2015, 14:10

Abuja -  There is growing concern at the low literacy levels among Nigerian teachers.

Youth empowerment advocate, Chude Jideonwo, expressed worry at the trend during the just-concluded the Africa Shapers Summit on Entrepreneurship.

“I remember watching in horror along with the rest of the country, as a teacher in Edo State, in the presence of the governor Adams Oshiomhole, could not even say her name,” Jideonwo, who is a Managing Partner of Red Media Africa.

He said the low literacy among educators was at the detriment of students.

“So many teachers, unfit for the purpose of teaching, are in daily contact with students at all levels, making an already bad problem worse,” said a disappointed Jideonwo.

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“This is not to count those who, in 2015, cannot even operate a computer. How then can they be trusted to train a workforce of the future?” he asked.

Jideonwo expressed hope the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will address this challenge.

“We need the government to live up to its responsibilities, and begin to fix what is wrong with our infrastructure, with our education, and to reduce red tape. Without this, we cannot foster innovation at the level we need to be.”

Earlier this week, The Deputy Director in the Ministry of Education, Christiana Okpede, has expressed concern at the current low levels of literacy and comprehension competencies among local educators and students.

- CAJ News


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