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6 Functions of the Nigeria Union of Teachers

Here in this post, we are going to take time to bring to you 6 functions of the Nigeria Union of teacher. We hope you find this information helpful.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers is a registered professional organization, mainly comprises of professionals and registered teachers.

As a professional organisation, the Nigeria Union of Teachers plays a vital role in making sure that, it influenced Nigerian educational system, as well as employed policies, that will foster quality education delivery both at the national level and also at the local levels.

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More so, in most cases, whenever there is national education issues, the Nigeria Union of Journalists will have to make sure that, it is represented on such major national educational important.

Besides being represented at the national level, the Nigeria Union of Teachers do, for the most part, participated in different local platforms, where there is policy making. The Nigeria Union of Teachers, as well, do negotiates and consults other bodies when need arises.

Accordingly, the Nigeria Union of Teachers more often makes representations to the federal government on every matter that affects the contracts of Nigerian teachers and schools within the country.

The National Union of Teachers, being a trade union for school teachers in Nigeria recruits only qualified teachers and others, who are trained to become qualified teachers into membership.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers, of course, has the resources, including staffing that can meet every need of Nigerian practising teachers in every aspect of their professional responsibility.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers was assigned some functions at its formation, and in this article, I will try as much as possible to explain some of the functions of the Nigeria Union of Teachers.

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What Are The Functions Of The Nigeria Union Of Teachers?

The Nigeria Union of Teachers was assigned some functions at its formation, besides numerous functions assigned to the Nigeria Union of Teachers, the major function of the Union was to cater for the needs of the members of the Union.

Be that as it may, I am going to discuss a good number of these functions as was assigned to the Nigeria Union of Teachers. Below are the functions of the Nigeria Union of Teachers:

1. Nigeria Union Of Teachers Campaigns On Working Conditions Of Its Members And Educational Issues:

A key function of the Nigeria Union of Teachers was to promote, as well as, protect the general interests of its members. Besides this function of advancing the cause of Nigerian teachers, the Nigeria Union of Teachers is also charged with the responsibility of campaigning on the conducive working environment and improved working conditions of its members.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers is also saddled with the responsibility of campaigning on educational issues that will engender quality education delivery Nigerian children.

2. Nigeria Union Of Teachers Bargains For Fair Pay For Teachers

This is another function of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. It is incumbent on the part of the Nigeria Union of Teachers to make sure that it bargains for a favourable and fair pay for practising teachers, working in Nigeria. Gone are the days, whereby, there is some sort of slogan making the round that,  teachers’ rewards are in heaven.

If teachers are those professionals, who impart knowledge, they equally got to be rewarded in commensurate with their labour.

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3. Nigeria Union Of Teachers Makes Teachers Protection A Priority

Every professional organization has one peculiar responsibility, and this responsibility is in the area of protecting the interests of the members of the Union.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers is not exempted, that is why, and teachers’ protection becomes a priority to the Nigeria Union of Teachers.

It is incumbent on the part of the Nigeria Union of Teachers to always make sure that, members are offered preferably a far higher level service in those areas of their core professional practice, which is teaching.

4. Nigeria Union Of Teachers Legally Protects All Members Of The Union

As I said earlier, protection of teachers by the Nigeria Union of Teachers is paramount to the Union, but this time, it is legal protection, and it is automatic.

Another major function of the Nigeria Union of Teachers is to make sure that it provides legal protection to every one of its registered members.

By the virtue of their registration as professional teachers, this legal protection and professional services are automatically available to every registered teacher.

For instance, teachers do have group insurance that covered them, as well as, other support services. Others are insurance cover for hospitalization, and personal accidents, and personal property, and malicious damages to teachers’ cars that are either in schools or in colleges.

That is not all, in fact, these services include a broad range of the Union’s endorsed services which bring good value and integrity.

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5. Nigeria Union Of Teachers Encourages Teachers To Work Together, Shares Ideas And Successes

Teachers are encouraged by the Nigeria Union of Teachers to make sure that they work together via their unions at a local level, whereby, they can share their ideas and their successes.

This has helped in creating networks among the teachers, where teachers have access to high-quality programmes, where they can be trained, and received support in order to ensure the development of their skills, and the development of their confidence particularly, in union activities.

6. Enhances Social And Economic Well Being Of Teachers

Another major function of the Nigeria Union of Teachers is in the area of making provision for the enhancement of social and economic well-being of teachers.

This aspect of the Nigeria Union of Teachers is very important and necessary since almost all the teachers are yearning for social and economic well being.

It is also expected of the Nigeria Union of Teachers to endeavour to establish teachers’ well fare funds for the purpose of providing financial benefits to the members of the Union.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers is also saddled with the responsibility of providing a forum, where there is promotion of teachers’ well fare, as well as, the promotion of teaching profession and interest in education.

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Conclusion

As a professional organisation, the Nigeria Union of Teachers plays a vital role in making sure that, it influenced Nigerian educational system, as well as employed policies, that will foster quality education delivery both at the national level and also at the local levels.

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