The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has appealed to its members to be diligent in their duties as schools resume for the 2017/2018 academic session on Monday.
Mr Micheal Olukoya, National President of the union, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Olukoya urged teachers to excel in their duties because the future of the pupils was in their hands.
He also called on parents to ensure their wards had the required educational materials for learning to get the expected results.
“The government should provide the necessary learning environment to guarantee an optimal result,” he said.
On the ongoing strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Olukoya appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to arrive at an amicable settlement.
The NUT president said that an urgent settlement was necessary because incessant strikes had negative effects on education.
“Preparing students as teachers or any other profession in the midst of strikes is uncalled for.
As it is now, our university degree is losing glamour due to strikes,’’ he said.
He appealed to the government to demonstrate more commitment to agreement reached with professional bodies.
“Government should be sincere and transparent when making an agreement, while lecturers should apply diplomacy and put the interest of the students in mind,’’ he said. (NAN)