By Ajuma Edwina Ameh
In a bid to encourage youths to go into the teaching profession, the Federal Government on Tuesday announced payment of N75,000 stipend per semester for students pursuing degree programmes in Education in public universities in the country.
The government also announced that Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) students will equally get N50,000 as stipend per semester.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this at the World Teachers’ Day celebration in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said his ministry would collaborate with the state governments to ensure automatic employment for graduates of education.
According to Adamu, the stipend is part of the deliberate effort of the goverment to attract the best brains into the teaching profession as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari last year.
“Undergraduate students of B.Ed / B.A. Ed/ BSc. Ed in public institutions are to receive stipends of N75,000.00 per semester while NCE students will get N50,000.00 as stipends per semester.
“Federal Government should find the modality through which respective states’ governments could provide automatic employment for NCE graduates at basic education level.”