FG To Recruit 500,000 Teachers Into Basic Education Sector

Adamu Adamu, Education, TeachersThe 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 2015 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.

Albino Foundation Condemns Killing Of Albinos In Nigeria

Founder of the Albino Foundation in Nigeria, Mr Jake Epelle has condemned the alleged killing of albinos in some parts of the country for ritual purposes.

Speaking in Abuja ahead of the national albinism day, Mr Epelle says Nigerians living with albinism suffer discrimination from their families, schoolmates and peers in addition to a deliberate failure to educate children living with albinism.

Mr Epelle therefore appealed to the various arms of government to come to the aid of persons living with albinism.

Dressed in yellow T-shirts and face caps, albinos converged on the national press centre in Abuja to listen to talks on albinism ahead of the national albinism day.

Some promoters of the albinism cause also appealed to privileged members of the society to assist persons living with albinism and stop all forms of discrimination against them.

Members of the albino foundation appealed to the federal government to assist them particularly in the area of acquiring education.

Albinism is an health condition that occurs in people of all race and gender and Nigeria is estimated to have one of the highest albinism prevalence rate in the world with children constituting about 40 per cent of the albinism population.

With the campaign for a national albinism day, the challenges of albinos may reduce stereotypes against persons living with albinism.