By Stanley Onyekwere
School teachers in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been implored to renew their commitment to duty, especially now that schools are getting set to re-open after the long forced closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The charge was given by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello , in the wake of the celebration of the 2020 edition of the World Teachers Day.
Bello reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration to the development of the education sector and the improvement of the welfare of FCT teachers.
He added that the FCT Administration will continue to pay a lot of attention to the welfare of teachers as well as their professional training.
He said “Education is the bedrock of society and no nation desirous of progress and development can afford to ignore the education sector”.
“We remain committed to the development of education in all its ramifications in the FCT and we will continue to commit time and resources to ensure that the sector meets up with the expectations of residents of the FCT”.
The Minister, while stressing the importance of teachers in the society, said the quality of a nation’s educational system is largely only as good as the quality of its teachers.
He therefore called on the various school administrators to ensure that they maintain the high educational standards that FCT public schools are known for.
“We remain committed to the improvement of the welfare of our teachers and recognize that constant professional training will ensure that they give their best in the discharge of their duties.
“A teacher cannot impart knowledge that he or she does not have. Training is therefore very essential”, he stressed.
Furthermore, the Minister commended the efforts of Ms Omoregbe Doreen Osarobo of JSS Gwagwalada who was declared the 5th best junior public school teacher in the country during the World Teachers’ Day ceremony.
He noted that her recognition was a testament to the hard work and dedication of FCT school teachers who have always impressed on the national stage.