BY GEORGE DANIYA

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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has said that education is the bedrock of the society and should not be politicized.

Governor Bello said this during a World Bank education senior director’s meeting held in Abuja, Wednesday.

“We noted that there has been a lot of politics in teaching, we believe that is not too good for the system.  Also,  we should not politicize the teaching profession.

” We are all concerned about the deteriorating nature of education in the country and something must be done about it”, he said.

According to him, political will was required to tackle the educational challenges confronting the country hence the need not to politicize it.

He said that the habit of seeing teaching as a political patronage to give out teaching jobs to unqualified persons by politicians has not done well to the system.

The governor added that teachers need more motivation to boost their moral, so there was the need to improve on their welfare.

He added that the prestige of the teachers must be restored, so he assured of ensuring the sustenance of teachers welfare.

According to the governor, they were looking at all avenues to increase students enrolment as such they want to bring the school to doorsteps of the communities in the state.

He said that taking the school close to the communities make families send more of their wards to schools; as it would have removed fears of risks, vulnerability, and abuse, especially against the girl child.

Other two governors at the meeting were Sen Bagudu Waziri Atiku of Kebbi State and his counterpart from Edo State, Mr. Godwin Godwin Obaseki also highlighted the need to improve education in the country.

Sen Atiku said that skills acquisition should be introduced in the teaching curriculum.

He said that resources to handle issues for the state were not there but they were doing their best to educate their children in their various states.

The governor of Edo State Mr. Obaseki stated that each state has its own educational challenges hence the need to have a national way to tackle the problem may not yield a positive result.

He said that the states should be allowed to handle their own problem in accordance with their society.

The senior director,  Education Global Practice, World Bank Group, Education, Mr. Jaime Saavedra said that the political will exhibited by the three governors has shown that Nigeria has the capacity to improve in their education sector.

Mr. Saavedra added they were worried over the numbers of children out of school in the country, stressing that with the population of Nigeria on the rise there was the need to get the children educated.

He said that they want to assist the country with teaching support that even 50 percent of those children schooling were not being properly taught.

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