Mr Christian Ezeamaku, the Principal, Comprehensive Secondary School , Nawfia, near Onitsha in Anambra, has called for the recruitment of more teachers to replace retired and retiring teachers in the state.
Ezeamaku made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Nawfia on Thursday.
He expressed concern over the inadequate number of teachers in the state’s education system, saying that it posed a serious challenge to academic excellence in the state.
According to him, it is better to have a drought of students than teachers in any school.
“All schools in the state are affected by the current shortage of teachers.
“The gaps were created following the mandatory retirement for all civil servants and teachers in the state when due.”
He, however, lauded students’ performance in major competitions, noting particularly the success of Team Anambra in the 2014 Presidential Junior Debate in Abuja, where it took the first position in 2015.
“In Abeokuta, they repeated the feat, and in January 2016, they bagged first position in a mock debate in Singapore, where 18 countries participated in the preparation for the contest in Germany this year,” Ezeamaku said.
The principal also observed that in 2015, the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kate Omenugha won the best commissioner award in the state.
He commended Gov. Willie Obiano’s development strides in the education sector within two years in the areas of infrastructure and welfare of students and teachers.
“I want to thank the governor for donating N1 million each to all schools in the state for sports development and sick bay facilities.
“Obiano has been giving education a pride of place, financing it adequately to occasion results from students within two years of his administration,” he said.