N75 000 payment would be made to every undergraduate student enrolled in Nigeria’s public universities pursuing a degree in education.
The government also announced that students enrolled in public schools and pursuing the National Certificate in Education (NCE) program would receive N50,000. To attract the greatest minds, the federal government is launching this program to make teaching more appealing.
According to ChannelsTV, Adamu Adamu, Nigeria’s Minister of Education, announced during World Teachers’ Day celebrations in Abuja on Tuesday, as the Federal Government reintroduces bursary awards.
To ensure that those who studied education in higher institutions acquire automatic employment upon graduation, the minister added that the ministry would collaborate with state governments.
After the courses of study required by each state are identified, N150 000 will be paid to undergraduates and N100,00 for NCE students. The ministry will work with the education ministries in the 36 states, including the FCT Education Board.
The statement from the ministry reads, “Beneficiaries must attend public institutions only and sign a bond to serve their state for five (5) years on graduation.’’
As for the fund’s source, Adamu stated that it would come from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), with the Federal Scholarship Board managing it.
Refresher training sponsorships will be provided to the beneficiaries every year.
The minister said that a polytechnic would be built in every state of the union where there isn’t one already. These initiatives are part of a broader push to improve education for all students in the Country.
According to Adamu, the Federal Government is currently working to establish a polytechnic in each of the federation’s states where none already exists as part of efforts to improve the quality of education in the Country.
Also approved by the federal government, according to Adamu, are Federal Colleges of Education in Iwo, Osun State; Edo State; Sokoto State; Benue State; Odugbo; and Ebonyi State’s Jama’are; as well as Isu, Ebonyi.