Quality of teachers employed by the Federal Government in public
schools has improved by 91 per cent, Education Minister
Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i announced yesterday in Abuja while
giving a breakdown of achievements in the education sector in the
last two years.
Rufa’i while presenting the 2012 implementation report of the four-
year strategic plan of the education sector, said at early childhood
education level 70% of the teachers were now qualified, 73% at
primary level and 91% at junior secondary level.
She said over 200,000 personnel in the sector have completed
capacity development programmes during the year including
teachers at basic and tertiary levels, education administration and
other support staff.
On improving access, she said enrolment in public schools has
increased by five million from 2010 till date. She said 88 of the 102
boarding and day schools for Almajiri are due for completion in
December while President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered that
schools for drop outs in the Southeast be completed within one
year.
At the tertiary level, she said eight of the nine new federal
universities have conducted their matriculation ceremonies and
taken off with a student population of 2,700. The universities were
also able to employ 1,000 academic and non-academic staff,
among other achievements.
Minister of State for Education Barrister Nyesom Wike said apart
from the regular interventions in training and retraining tea-chers,
the Federal Government has spent over N12bn in procuring
textbooks and library resources for schools in the last two years.
Wike said 72 new libraries under construction at Federal
Government Colleges would be completed in the first quarter of
2013.

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