1.3 Million Teachers Needed for Basic Education – Minister
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has said that in order
to bridge the wide gap between the number of teachers required and
the current number available for basic education, about 1.3 million
teachers are needed in the next six years.
He spoke at the national flag-off ceremony of the 2015 teachers’
development training held in Abuja Tuesday.
Mallam Adamu who noted that the number was the latest released on
teachers, said it was in view of this that the federal government was
working towards the recruitment and injection of 500, 000 teachers
into basic education across the country.
“When completed, it would place more responsibilities and higher
expectations on states and local governments in terms of the roles
they would play in providing more teaching infrastructure and
instructional materials,” he said.
The minister expressed concern on the inability of some state
governments and State universal Basic Education Boards to promptly
access the matching grants from the Universal Basic Education
While appealing to state governors to promptly utilize the funds for
rapid educational development, he said the federal government was
doing its best to reduce or do away with the requirement of matching
The Federal Government is to release N120m to each state of the
federation for the 2015 Teachers’ Professional Development
The former Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education
Commission, Dr. Suleiman Dikko,
Dikko said in addition, the commission, in collaboration with
international development partners, had embarked on the training of
teachers to equip them with the necessary skills to function
effectively in classrooms.