Prof. Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), on Thursday opposed the request by the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos branch, to convert some non-teaching staff to classroom teachers.
The University Don told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the NUT had demanded that the Lagos State government should train and convert some non-teaching staff who were already used to classroom work to teachers.
According to reports, the NUT has stated that it would cushion the effect of shortage of teachers in the state public primary schiils since the workers were already on the government’s payroll.
“I am 100 per cent opposed to a situation where you get non-teaching staff and then bundle them to class to go and teach,” Okebukola stated.
He made it known that nobody in the world that had not got the three-knowledge basis had no place in the classroom.
“You cannot say because you are short of teachers, then you go bundle people to the classroom. You are going to worsen the situation, as ten years down the line, the educational system will collapse and even enter the Atlantic Ocean,” he added.
Okebukola, however, said that the best solution to the problem was to recruit people and train them on the three-knowledge basis before allowing them to go teach in the classroom.