The Nigeria Union of Teachers has appealed to the Ondo State Government to recruit more teachers to fill vacancies in public primary schools.
The NUT State Acting Secretary, Solomon Igbelowowa, said on Monday in Akure that there was a shortage of teachers in all the 18 local government areas.
According to him, 500 teachers retire from the state teaching service every year, leaving many classrooms virtually empty.
“Dearth of teachers is the greatest challenge facing educational system in the state, especially in public primary schools.
“For the past 12 years, no single teacher was recruited to teach in our public primary schools.
“We have a public primary school in Ondo State where there is only one teacher to 300 pupils at time.
“How do you expect a teacher to cope with such situation?
“With this, we are killing education and mortgaging the future of our pupils.
“So, there is urgent need for government to recruit more teachers in the state now,” the secretary said.
The NUT scribe said if pupils were not properly trained, they would grow up to engage in social vices that would be detrimental to the peace of the state.
According to him, the menace of insurgency, militancy, ritual killings and armed robbery are perpetrated by the children who were not given proper education.