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Education Minister Says Unqualified Teachers Will be Sacked come December
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has on Monday said that teachers who lack basic educational qualification will be sacked come December 31, 2019.
He made this statement at a Summit in Benin City, Edo state themed: ‘Edo of our dream, investing in people.’
The minister, represented by the executive secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Hamid Boboyi, said all teachers and their employers had earlier been ordered by the government to acquire the requisite qualifications before December 31, 2019.
“We must stop recruiting unqualified teachers into the system especially when we have many qualified teachers roaming our streets without regular jobs.
“The National Council of Education under my chairmanship has given a clear directive to all our unqualified teachers as well their employers to acquire the requisite qualifications or disengage from teaching on or before December 31, 2019. This remains an irrevocable order of the council,” he said.
According to the minister, the current Buhari administration was committed to funding the education sub-sector through the UBEC or support state governments, adding that the government had so far spent over N258.5 billion on basic education in the country.
“Between 2015 and 2018, the federal government has allocated to states the sum of N164billion as matching grants, N34.974billion for teachers’ professional development, N52.461billion for instructional materials and N6.994 billion for special education.”
The minister stated that the government plans to address the case of over 10 million out-of-school children in the primary school system, calling on stakeholders in the education sector to make efforts to reduce the number of out of school children in Nigeria.
“In addressing this, the ministerial strategy plans to curb this is being actively pursued by all agencies of government. The Almajiri integration programme and the basic education for all has been re-tooled to meet the need of stakeholders while the basic education delivery for all supported by World Bank has become effective and taken off in earnest,” he said.