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Nigeria short of 277,537 teachers at basic level —UBEC

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The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, says that Nigeria has a shortage of 277, 537 teachers at basic level.

He said this is according to the 2018 National Personnel Audit report on Public and Private Basic Education Schools in Nigeria.

The personnel audit conducted by the Universal Basic Education Commission showed that “while 73 per cent of those teaching in public schools were qualified teachers, only 53 per cent of teachers in private schools are qualified to teach.”

The commission said they were those who have the minimum requirement of Nigeria Certificate in Education and above.

Bobboyi, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Head (Public Relations and Protocol), David Apeh, however, said there were ongoing reforms to address the anomalies.

He also stressed that 10 per cent (N10 billion) of the entire amount that is received from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of UBEC had been designated for teachers professional development through the States Universal Basic Education Boards.

Bobboyi said, “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 teachers professional development through the SUBEBs. That is something that is very important for us to realise that we pump in a minimum of N10 billion every year for teachers’ professional development in this country.

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