President Goodluck Jonathan has called on teachers to act as agents of positive change and transformation to enable the nation to achieve its education goals.
The President, who made the call while declaring open the 2013 World Teachers’ Day in Abuja, said he was doing so in his dual capacity as President and a teacher.
President Jonathan, who was represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, challenged the teachers to work harder in imparting useful knowledge, discipline and patriotism to the younger generation.
He reassured that government on its part is committed to addressing the challenges in the nation’s educational sector.
The President, therefore, called on all stakeholders in the sector to support the teachers in their sacred assignment of building the present and future leaders of the country.
President Jonathan noted with delight the roles being played by teachers in sustainable development and thanked them for their immense contributions in the field of medicine, science, technology, politics and the economy.
He said his administration is determined to address teacher shortage and improve the quality of education by reinforcing the training and retraining of the teachers.