The Registrar/Chief Executive of Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Josiah Ajiboye, has revithat attacks on schools by insurgents claimed the lives of more than 2,295 teachers in the North-east between 2009 and 2022.
Ajiboye, said this at the weekend in Abuja.
He also revealed that over 19,000 others were displaced, with over 910 schools destroyed due to the conflict.He, therefore, called for the full implementation of the Safe Schools Declarations guidelines endorsed by Nigeria in 2015 and ratified by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The TRCN chief made the call while delivering a paper at the 2022 National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ibadan.He further stated that over 1,500 schools were forced to close due to insurgency with more than 600,000 children losing access to education.
Ajiboye also called on the federal government to review its security architecture to address terrorism and violent attacks on schools.He noted that as a way forward, federal, state and local education authorities should facilitate the immediate implementation of the National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence-free Schools (NPSSVFS), by making budgetary provisions.
He urged the federal government to increase domestic education expenditure by 50 per cent over the next two years as committed at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) education summit.