-The Federal Government has announced the payment of N75,000 as a stipend per semester for students undergoing degree programmes in Education in Public Universities.
In the same vein, the Nigeria Certificate in Education(NCE) students will get N50,000 as stipend per semester as part of the good gesture of the government to attract the best brains into the teaching profession as promised by President Buhari, during the Commemoration of the World Teachers’ Day in 2020.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu, whose speech was read by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, announces this on Tuesday at the World Teachers’ Day celebration held at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
According to him, on bursary awards, the Ministry of Education would liaise with Education Ministries in 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) education board, identify respective courses of study required respectively by each State, and the award of N150,000 is proposed for undergraduates and N100.000 only to the National Certificate in Education(NCE) students.
Adamu explained that the criteria for the beneficiaries are that they must attend public institutions only and sign a bond to serve their States for five(5) years after graduation.
According to the Minister, his Ministry would collaborate with the States governments to ensure automatic employment for the students on graduation. He said,’’ Undergraduate students of B.Ed/B.A. Ed/BSC. Ed in public institutions are to receive stipends of N75,000 per semester while the NCE students will get N50,000 per semester.
”Federal Government should find the modality through which respective States government could provide automatic employment for NCE graduates at the basic education level.
In commemoration of theWorld Teachers Day, on October 5, 2020, President MuhammaduBuhari had approved a special salary structure for teachers in the country, just as also increased the number of years of service of teachers from 35 to 40 years.
He said, there will be special salary scale for Teachers in Basic and Secondary Schools, including provisions for rural posting allowance, science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance’’.
Other promises include the building of low-cost housing for teachers in rural areas, sponsorship to at least one refresher training per annum to benchmark best practices for improved teaching and learning as well as re-introduction of bursary awards to education students in universities and colleges of Education with the assurance of automatic employment upon graduation.