No Teachers Training Grant For Defaulting State - FG
Teachers Training Grant For Defaulting State - FG
The Federal Government has declared that states that have not conducted the 2011 Professional Teacher Training programme will henceforth not get the annual Universal Basic Education Teachers Training Grants.
Minister of State For Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike gave the directive, yesterday, at the Federal Ministry of Education headquarters, Abuja when he received the statutory reports of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.
Wike stated that the Federal Government’s commitment to the improvement of teacher quality in the basic education sub-sector could not be hampered by inaction by some states of the federation.
He said: “Henceforth, UBEC is directed not to release teacher Training funds to states that are yet to utilise the Training funds For 2011. When I assumed duty as Minister of State, I ensured that rather than UBEC conducting the training, the states should be responsible For the training. What we have today is that some states are still conducting the Training For 2011 now, when the funds were released last year.”
The Minister directed the management of UBEC to submit the work plan For the 2012 in the next two weeks to ensure that the process of Training Teachers was kick-started immediately.
He said: “What the UBEC reports presented here today indicate is the fact that action needs to be taken in specific areas, especially the improvement of the capacity of our teachers. If the teacher quality remains low, there is no way that we can expect better results in our external examinations like WAEC and NECO.
“I commend the management of UBEC For these quality reports, but insist that they must continue to work hard For the revival of basic education.”
He called on stakeholders interested in the development of education to also commend efforts of agencies and parastatals contributing to reversing the retrogressive trend in the nation’s education sector, pointing out that stakeholders should not focus their attention only on negative aspects.
In his address, Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr Ahmed Modibo Mohammed stated that the submission of periodic reports on the activities of he commission was a statutory function.
He said the reports were generated in concert with the State Universal Basic Education Boards following joint field activities conducted
The reports presented by UBEC include: Minimum Standard For Basic Education, Guidelines For Quality Assurance For Basic Education in Nigeria, 2010 Audit of all Public Schools in the country.
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