The Federal Government has been urged to bestow national awards on teachers, who distinguished themselves in primary schools.
Some teachers observed that honouring deserving teachers would motivate others to put in more efforts in their teaching career.
Mr. Tunji Alabi, a teacher at Dutse Alhaji L.E.A Primary School, Abuja, commended the government for including an educationalist, Hajia Dije Jibrin, and academician, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed in the 2012 National Honours Award list.
Alabi called for the inclusion of primary and secondary schools teachers, as well lecturers in tertiary institutions in future award lists.
Another teacher, Mrs. Augusta Fidelis, said some primary schools had a shortfall of teachers due to the lack of motivation and adequate provision for their welfare.
Fidelis expressed the belief that if some primary school teachers were honoured with national awards, many people would be passionate about teaching pupils at the primary level.
“It is important to say that our community and political leaders are supposed to remember and nominate some of their primary school teachers for the national honours award.
“I believe that if this is done by our leaders, it will go a long way in reviving the lost glory of the teaching profession in primary school,’’ she said.
Mr. Yahaya Ibrahim, an educationist, urged the three tiers of government to train and retrain teachers in order to improve quality of education in schools.
Ibrahim, who said that some teachers engaged in selling goods in schools, urged the government to increase their remuneration to stop them from engaging in illegal act in the school.
A total of 149 Nigerians are expected to receive the 2012 National Honours Award on Sept. 17, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.