Heartbreaking Resignation Letter Reveals Struggles of Enugu State Classroom Teacher Earning N43,000 Salary(document) | #NwokeukwuMascot
....Mr Okoro's resignation letter highlights the harsh realities faced by educators who are expected to shape the future of the nation's children while grappling with financial hardships | #NwokeukwuMascot
Enugu State, Nigeria - In a touching and poignant resignation letter, a classroom teacher in Enugu State has shed light on the dire circumstances faced by educators in the state. The heartfelt letter, which has since gone viral on social media, exposes the struggles and challenges endured by teachers who earn a meager monthly salary of only N43,000.
The resignation letter, penned by Mr Okoro John, addressed to Executive Chairman Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), through the Education Secretary Uzo-Uwani Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), and the Head Teacher Central School Opanda, highlights the harsh realities faced by educators who are expected to shape the future of the nation's children while grappling with financial hardships themselves.
In his letter titled, "Resignation of my duty as a class teacher", Mr Okoro John expressed the deep regret and sorrow faced by Nigerian teachers. He explains that his monthly salary of N43,000 is barely enough to cover her basic needs, let alone support her family. The letter serves as a stark reminder of the low wages that many teachers in Nigeria are subjected to, despite their pivotal role in shaping the minds of the next generation.
Mr Okoro's resignation letter details the daily struggles of the Nigerian teacher, which includes the inability to provide for their children’s education, pay medical bills, and even afford nutritious meals. It also sheds light on the lack of support and resources provided to teachers, hindering their ability to effectively educate their students.
Mr Okoro’s letter reads in full: "I Okoro John who was employed on 13* day of February, 2017, solemnly wish to resign as a teacher from Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board.
"I am happy writing this and I regret been a primary school teacher. If I started my journey as an apprentice when I started this work, I could have gone far in business. I can't combine both work and business, rather I give way to people who need it.
|Copy of the letter
"What has #43,000 do in this type of economic hardship. I pay house rent, I will feed myself and family, build house and even buy a car. Please do the needful to others so that primary school teacher and education will be great again. Thanks." Okoro Ended
The letter has struck a chord with many Nigerians, who have expressed their sympathy and solidarity with Mr Okoro and other teachers facing similar circumstances.Social media platforms have been inundated with messages of support, with many calling for urgent action to address the deplorable conditions faced by educators in Enugu State and across the country.
The Nigerian government has been urged to prioritize the welfare of teachers and increase their salaries to reflect their importance in society. Education is widely regarded as the bedrock of development, and investing in teachers is crucial to ensuring a brighter future for the nation.
Various education advocacy groups and unions have also voiced their concerns, demanding that the government take immediate steps to address the issue. They have called for a comprehensive review of teachers’ salaries, better working conditions, and increased funding for education to ensure that teachers are adequately compensated for their invaluable contributions.
As the resignation letter continues to circulate, it serves as a wake-up call for policymakers and authorities to prioritize the welfare of teachers and invest in the education sector. The hope is that Mr Okoro John's heart-wrenching decision to resign will ignite a much-needed conversation and lead to tangible changes that will improve the lives of teachers in Enugu State and beyond.