The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has decried the low teacher-pupil ratio in primary schools in the country.
The national body of the union said the total number of teachers in the primary schools has dropped from one million to about 600,000.
Dr Mike Ene, NUT General Secretary, said it was unfortunate that states like Abia and Benue had been indebted to teachers with each of them owing between 10 and 11 months of salaries.
He called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.
“We used to have over one million teachers in the country; but today, we have about 600,000.
“Abia State is owing our teachers 10 months’ salaries, Benue State is owing 11 months’ salaries. We are urging the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector,” Ene said.