Over N10bn Committed Annually To Teacher Professional Devt – UBEC

Over N10bn Committed Annually To Teacher Professional Devt – UBEC
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By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Hamid Bobboyi has revealed that the Commission commits over N10 billion every year for Teacher Professional Development in Nigeria.

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Bobboyi who spoke in Abuja recently, said that in realization of the importance of teachers in the provision of quality education, the Commission has designated 10 per cent received from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for Teacher Professional Development through the States Universal Basic Education Boards.

“We remain the biggest teacher development agency in the country; not even the National Teachers’ Institute or any other agency.

“UBEC’s 10 per cent of the entire amount that is received from the Consolidated Revenue Fund is designated for Teacher Professional Development through the States Universal Basic Education Boards. That is something that is very important for us to realise that we pump in a minimum of N10 billion every year for Teacher Professional Development in this country,” he said.

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In a press release signed by the Commission’s Head, Public Relations and Protocol, David Apeh, Bobboyi also appealed to stakeholders in the sector to join hands with Federal Government in ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning at the basic level of education in Nigeria is strengthened.

Bobboyi added that though the year 2020 was very challenging as a result of COVID-19 pandemic that led to lockdown of the country including closure of schools for the most part, the Commission worked hard to provide support in many areas, including support in provision of e-learning and other responses.

He revealed that the challenge in the sector was getting qualified teachers to teach the children in the country but added that the Federal Ministry of Education was trying to address the issue to ensure that quality teachers are employed to occupy the classrooms.

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Recall that the 2018 National Personnel Audit (NPA) report on Public and Private Basic Education Schools in Nigeria, stated that Nigeria has shortage of 277,537 teachers.

The personnel audit conducted by the Universal Basic Education Commission, further indicated that while 73 per cent of those teaching in public schools are qualified teachers, only 53 per cent of teachers in private schools are qualified to teach, that is those that have the minimum requirement of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and above.

Bobboyi said: “Our hope is that with the current reforms that are being put in place where you attract the best candidates into the teaching profession and compensate them adequately, the narrative will change. In many countries and I was in Singapore and they told me that you are better off as a teacher than a medical doctor if it is about money. It is the same thing in Finland”.

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He added that teaching in other countries is competitive as teachers there are making a decent living and being supported by the state, noting that even in Nigeria during the earlier days, teachers were not necessarily receiving huge salaries per se but there were a lot of fringe benefits accruing to them.

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