By Ozo Ray
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Anambra State Wing, has insisted that teachers must acquire basic computer knowledge and skills to upgrade themselves in order to be in tandem with emerging trends in the teaching profession.
The union noted that computer literacy had become necessary for teachers at all levels of the teaching profession, especially as the world was driven by new technological innovations which made it mandatory that teachers must equip themselves with requisite computer skills.
The state chairman of NUT in Anambra, Comrade Ifeanyi Ofodile, who harped on the need for teachers to get computer education at the World Teachers' Day Celebration in Awka , emphasized the need for teachers to make personal efforts to be computer literate as he observed that most teachers in the state were not computer literate.
Ofodile said computer literacy was one of the prerequisites to ascertain a qualified professional teacher licensed to practice teaching in the country and that the regulatory body that issued such license was the Teachers' Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
According to him, the theme of the 2018 World Teachers' Day celebration was, ''The Right to Education means The Right to a Qualified Teacher''. He noted that the theme sought to draw public concern on the need to ensure that only qualified teachers who possessed the prerequisites for teaching were allowed in the profession.
He said teachers in Anambra had continued to enjoy a very cordial working relationship with the state government, the ministry of education, the commission, boards and various education departments and agencies as evident in the regular payment of monthly salaries and allowances, massive promotion of teachers, conducive school environment, regular training and retraining of teachers.
In spite of the foregoing, the state NUT boss also sought for the redress of some of the pertinent issues bedevilling the union, namely employment of qualified teachers to fill existing vacant positions created by regular retirements and disengagement of teachers from service, upward review of imprest to school heads, resumption of running cost to schools for the effective administration and management of schools, restoration of the union's statutory position in the education ministry, commission and board, as well as involvement of the union in the planning, execution and evaluation of teachers' programmes and activities in the state.
Governor Willie Obiano who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, told teachers that the state governor had approved the 2017 teachers' promotion, together with other incentives.
He said teachers occupied a vantage position and pride of place in his administration, given the governor's pedigree, even as he pointed out that under the present government, schools in Anambra had witnessed a great metamorphosis.
The SSG however encouraged teachers to obtain basic computer skills to make their jobs easier and more interesting.