By Laide Akinboade-Oriere
Abuja—For Nigeria to address the challenge of shortage of teachers in its basic education sector, it would need over 1.3 million teachers in six years.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu stated this at the flag-off ceremony of the 2015 Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programme organised by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC in Abuja, yesterday.
The Minister, who noted that no nation could develop without capacity building of its teachers, said: “In addition to government’s concern for quality teachers, quantity is also of the essence. There is a wide gap between the number of teachers required and the current number available in the basic education sector.
“That is why, in addition to its existing intervention through the agency of UBEC, the Federal Government is working to recruit 500,000 teachers into basic education sector across the country.
”In Nigeria, we need about 1.3 million teachers in the next six years. We are in no doubt that without professional teachers, the dream of building a globally competitive and development-oriented education system that imbues the requisite skills and knowhow to our teeming younger generation would continue to be a pipe-dream.