The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Musa Istifanus has enjoined Nigerians to accord mutual respect and support to teachers in the bid for a better society.
Musa Istifanus gave the charge while flagging off activities lined up to mark the 2021 World Teachers Day Celebration and presentation of awards to deserving teachers and school administrators of schools under the Ministry of Defence.
The Permanent Secretary described the day as significant for Nigerians to reflect on the selfless services being rendered by teachers while imparting knowledge in and outside the classroom situation.
He remarked that parents must complement teachers by ensuring disciplined homes, morality in conduct and respect to constituted authorities.
“It is obvious that teachers cannot be left alone in the development of our children. Certain things that are basic in moral upbringing are not all taught in the classroom and this underscores the need for parents to complement whatever teachers are doing in schools.” He advised.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. LEO Irabor represented by Director Education, Defence Headquarters, Rear Admiral JK Luka said that Defence education is saddled with the statutory responsibility of providing quality and affordable education. He urged the teachers to ensure sound education through a goal-driven curriculum that will uplift the educational sector.
Director, Education Services Department, Mrs Taiwo Afolake said this year’s theme which is Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery, is a reflection of the closure of schools, universities and other learning institutions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mrs Afolake disclosed that the Ministry will focus on innovative teaching in all schools to enhance learning, adding that the Ministry has trained teachers on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to align with global best practices.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to outstanding Teachers and School Administrators who have shown dedication and commitment in the discharge of their duties.