The Nigerian Union of Teachers has advised its members to build their capacities to be able to meet up with the challenges of the new normal as the world marks the annual Teachers’ Day today.

The theme of this year’s celebration is, ‘Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future’.

The Secretary-General, NUT, Dr Mike Ike-Ene, in an interview said COVID-19 had placed greater burdens on teachers, adding that they needed to be more creative, resilience and innovative.

He stated, “This year’s theme clearly shows that the greater burdens of COVID-19 have been placed on teachers to build their capacity to be more resilience and creative, because teachers are the ones shaping society.

“If teachers have to lead in this COVID-19 period, we really need to show that we are professionals.”

He stressed that teachers needed to be trained and retrained.

“As a teacher, you should know more than the people you are leading.  We need to have quality education and promote long term learning. Teachers need to be provided with more opportunities for regular training,” he said.

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