As UBEC says Nigeria has shortage of 277,537 teachers in basic schools
By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA–THE federal government said it has so far disbursed a total of N153 billion to states in the last four years for implementation of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.
The Minister of Education,Mallam Adamu Adamu,disclosed this yesterday,in Abuja at the launch of 2018 National Personnel Audit,NPA, conducted by the Universal Basic Education Commission,UBEC, on public and private basic education schools in Nigeria.
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Adamu said from 2015 when the current government came in to date, over N173 billion has been released to UBEC as matching grant.
Adamu noted that out this figure, N153 billion was disbursed to the states government for the implementation of the Universal Basic education in the country.
Similarly, he said the sum of N34 billion was also released to states for Teacher Professional Development while over N8 billion was released to states for the education of children with special needs.
He noted that when it became apparent that most state governments were not willing to pay their counterpart funds in order to access the matching grant from UBEC, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the deduction of N71 billion from source from the share of states of Paris Club refund.
“This was paid into UBEC account with the Central Bank of Nigeria. In June 2019, UBEC fulfilled its own matching grant obligation by releasing the sum of N142 billion to respective states for the implementation of basic education.
He commended UBEC, World Bank and other critical stakeholders that contributed to the success of 2018 National Personnel Audit exercise, saying government would come up with policies on key findings and recommendations of the NPA report.
He, however, noted that the report was not perfect, urging various levels of government and stakeholders to fill the gaps so as to ensure improved basic education delivery in the country.
The audit report indicated that there was currently a shortage of about 277,537 teachers in basic education schools in Nigeria.
According to the report, there was deficit of 135,319 teachers at the Early Childhood Care Development Education, 139,772 deficit in primary schools and 2,446 shortage in Junior Secondary Schools across the nation.
The report also put the number of primary school age children who are not in school at 10,193,918, which is said to be 25 percent of all primary school age children in the country.
On school enrollment, the 2018 NPA report indicated that there are 27.8 million learners in primary schools-22,384,755 in public primary schools and 5,504,632 enrollment in private schools.
Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Hamid Bobboyi in his remark said Nigeria needed Basic Education Data for planning and effective management of the sub-sector.
He expressed the commitment of the Commission towards ensuring that every girl-child in Nigeria receives quality and functional education in the country.
He noted that through the 2018 National Personnel Audit, the Commission acquired the Global Position System (GPS) coordinates of all schools in the country covered by the census.
Bobboyi added that the geospatial data generated has proven exceptionally useful in building a Geographic Information System (GIS), to support School Mapping and other applications.
He disclosed that this was the first time the exercise involved not only public schools but also private and faith-based institutions, stressing however that despite initial suspicions, most the institutions came to embrace the exercise and to cooperate with UBEC and its partners to make the exercise a success.