Minister calls for better strategies to improve teachers’ capacity

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Education Minister of State, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has called for better strategies to increase teachers’ capacity towards achieving sustainable development goals by 2030.

Nwajiuba said the federal government had put mechanisms in place to strengthen teacher’s education through its 10 pillars of the Ministerial Strategic Plan.

He added that in a bid to develop the education sector, the government had also given priority to the expansion of access to early child education with the establishment of community-based early childcare centres.

He attributed funding as a bane hindering the progress of the sector.

“Late last year, we decided to organise a conference on funding education in Nigeria. The recommendations of the conference had been forwarded to the government for further necessary actions.

“Despite the funding challenges, the education sector got its highest allocation in 2018. Put together, the Buhari administration allocated time sum of N2.07 trillion to the education sector.” 

He, however, said that actual releases did not match the appropriation.

On the access to matching grants provided by the Federal Government, Nwajuiba, said the government had decided to deduct from source states that have not been able to access their monies.

Also, Mr Ydo Yao, UNESCO, Regional Director for West Africa urged stakeholders to develop an evidence based policy and as well create a platform for Nigerian child to be in the classroom.

Yao, pledged the UN commitment to support the challenges the country was facing in the area of education.