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FG woos students with N75,000 stipends to study education

By Idowu Abdullahi

As part of measures to attract qualified hands into teaching profession across Nigeria, the Federal Government has approved the sum of N75,000 as stipend per semester for students studying degree programmes in Education in public universities across the country.

As stated, the initiative had been considered to attract quality teachers into the teaching profession and bridge the brain drain in the education sector through attracting students to study education courses in public tertiary institutions and eliminate others without the needed prerequisite.

Aside from students studying education in universities, students in colleges of education that would be awarded Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) would also get N50,000 as stipend per semester to ensure fairness in the initiative.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this on Tuesday during the event to commemorate World Teachers’ Day celebration held at Eagle Square, Abuja, stated that the moves were part of the deliberate effort of the government to attract the best brains into the teaching profession as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Undergraduate students of B.Ed/B.A. Ed/BSc. Ed in Public institutions are to receive stipends of N75,000.00 per semester while NCE students will get N50,000.00 as stipends per semester.

“Federal Government should find the modality through which respective states’ governments could provide automatic employment for NCE graduates at Basic Education level,” Adamu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, said, adding that his ministry would collaborate with the state governments to ensure automatic employment for the students on graduation.

He also announced the reintroduction of bursary in universities and colleges of education across the country, saying that N150,000 and N100,000 were earmarked for each undergraduate and NCE student per session.

According to him, the reintroduction of the bursary was part of the resolutions of the National Implementation Committee constituted by the government following President Muhammdu Buhari’s pronouncement in repositioning the nation’s education sector and the teaching profession in particular, during 2020 World Teachers Day celebration.

He added that the ministry would liaise with the 36 states’ education ministries, including the FCT Education Board, with a view to effecting the new scheme.

“They would identify the respective courses of study required by each state, while beneficiaries must attend public institutions only and sign a bond to serve their state for five years on graduation. The fund would be sourced from UBEC, TETFund and managed by the Federal Scholarship Board.”

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