FG To Recruit 500,000 Teachers Into Basic Education Sector

The Federal Government has restated its commitment to
revamping Nigeria’s education sector through the
recruitment of 500,000 teachers into the basic education
sector across the country.
The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the
disclosure at the launch of the 2016 teacher development
training programme in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
He said that the Federal Government places a high
premium on the training of teachers and education
managers at the basic level.
The Minister decried the inability of some state
governments and State Universal Basic Education Boards
(SUBEBs) to promptly access matching grants and other
non-conditional grants from the Universal Basic Education
Commission (UBEC).
He also expressed worry at the huge gap between the
number of teachers required and the current number
available in the basic education sector.
The Minister stated that the total number of teachers
needed to strengthen the basic education sector was 1.3
million in six years.
He expressed hope that the teachers’ recruitment would no
doubt fast-track the revamping process, especially with the
cooperation of state universal education boards.
In their remarks, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha
and the President of The Albino Foundation, Mr Jake Epelle,
called for the continuous training of teachers.
An education specialist from the World Bank, Mr Afebayo
Solomon, pledged support for the development of basic
education in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Dikko Suleiman, on
his part, highlighted government’s efforts in revamping the
education sector.

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