Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, has decried the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the teaching profession across Nigeria and tasked the Federal and state governments to include teachers in their pandemic education responses.

The Registrar of TRCN, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, said that the outbreak has adversely affected the livelihoods of 63 million primary and secondary school teachers, especially those in private schools and therefore urged the government to preserve the employment and wages of teachers as the Coronavirus crisis has placed pressure on public budgets and finances.

While noting that the continuous closure of schools poses a challenge for the education sector in Nigeria, he said the council was proud of Nigerian teachers who have been on the frontlines, ensuring that learning continues despite the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 global health crisis threatens to significantly slow progress towards many of the global goals, in particular, the Sustainable Development Goals, it is also likely to exacerbate the global learning crisis and global education inequalities as the impact will fall disproportionately on the poorest”.

“Around the world teachers and school leaders have been rapidly mobilising and innovating to facilitate quality distance learning for students in confinement with and without the use of digital technologies,” he stated.

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