Written by Godfrey AKON

FG considers N40k pay for 500,000 new teachers

The Federal Government has said it could pay a monthly salary of N40, 000 to each of the graduate and NCE teachers to be recruited, trained and deployed to primary schools across the country.

Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, who disclosed this while inaugurating the recruitment committee in Abuja, said the collective pay package of the recruited teachers could amount to N240 billion per annum.

“If we place the monthly pay of each recruit at N40,000 per month, times 12, that is N480,000 per year. Multiply N480,000 by 500,000, it would amount to N240 000,000,000 per year for this project,” he noted.

Anwuka said the decision to recruit teachers was based on the 2016 budget speech of President Muhammadu Buhari on the shortage of teachers in public schools across the country and promise to recruit, train and deploy 500,000 unemployed graduates and NCE holders to primary schools.

According to him, the recruitment exercise would, no doubt, reduce unemployment in the country and greatly aid in producing and enhancing teacher quality.

He said the committee’s terms of reference to actualise the recruitment, training and deployment process are “to examine and recommend the methodology to adopt in the recruitment, training and deployment of such teachers.

“To determine the pedagogical communication and other skills critical to such teachers that will be recruited and trained.

“To spell out the nature and duration of the remedial and other refresher courses the selected trainee teachers will need to go through and to determine the viability and visibility of the proposal in the first instance.

“Perhaps, to have a goal at calculating the cost of the entire project and to take other measures that will in the judgement of the committee aid in the achievement of this objective.

Membership of the committee is made up of all directors in the ministry of education, heads of parastatals directly linked to teacher training such as NUC, NTI, UBEC and NCCE as well as the permanent secretary.

Anwuka, who is also chairman of the committee, however refused to disclose his involvement in the committee as at the time of inauguration and concealed the total membership of the committee to newsmen, even as he angrily walked them out when attempts were made to ask him questions on who chairs the committee.

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