THE Federal Government has reiterated its focus on improving the value proposition of teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Nigeria.
State Secretary of Education Rt Hon Goodluck Opiah, who stated this, also announced that plans are in the works to introduce a scholarship for students pursuing education in higher institutions from 2023 onwards.
He spoke at the official launch of SDG-3 and SDG-4 Independent Evaluation Reports in Nigeria at the State House Banquet Hall, President Villa, Abuja.
Opiah, representing Education Minister Adamu Adamu, said that, among other strategies, “focus-
working to improve the value proposition of teachers so that we can retain experienced teachers and attract and retain the best minds for the subject.
“This is reflected in the recent extension of service years with some incentives, including the payment of a scholarship to all students who read education in our tertiary institutions from the next academic session”
The minister said that primary education is the model on which other higher levels of education build.
He said: “This is more of what we are already doing, anchored in the Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP 2028-2022).
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“We are strengthening early childhood care and development to prepare children for the first six years
of education by ensuring they extend the scope of universal basic education (UBEC) beyond the age of three to include the first three years of secondary education beyond the six years of education, and we are also creating a favorable learning environment for primary education by providing the most modern infrastructure.”
Other measures taken by the minister during the discussion segment include “focusing on improving math and literacy rates, including the introduction of education at the appropriate level for children.
“This has been very helpful, especially in conflict zones, as well as the adoption of the Home Grown School food program that is helping to improve enrollment and thus improve the quality of primary education.”
While stating that cooperation with development partners in this direction is bearing fruit, especially in reducing out-of-school children, the minister revealed that more libraries are also being created at the lower secondary level to serve as centers of teaching and learning. to serve.
Opiah also spoke about some of the new measures that the Ministry of Education has formulated for the safety of students in the unity schools.
“We are aware of the challenging situation in the country and the need to protect our children in schools. There are steps in this direction as we prepare for the opening of the upcoming academic session,” he added.