The dearth of core subject (English and mathematics) teachers in primary and secondary schools will cause more harm than good to the performance of students from the basic education level.
Over the years, a higher percentage of students who sat for WAEC and NECO examinations continue to fail the core subjects of mathematics and English.
This poor performance has been attributed to lack of inadequate skilled teachers for these core subjects in our schools.
Lack of enough teachers is so serious that sometimes a single teacher teaches three to five classes in different subjects. This obviously indicates the limited number of teachers in the country.
The shortage of skilled teachers in schools is not the only challenge faced in handling the core subjects like English and mathematics, there is also some to be desired in the commitment on the part of some teachers.
Therefore, both private school owners and governments must endeavour to recruit adequate, skilled and qualitative teachers not only for mathematics and English but also in other subjects while the teachers should also receive proper welfare so as to motivate them to work diligently.
Okpoyo is a final year student of Mass Communication at BUK