The federal government is poised to begin the payment of bursary to students reading education in tertiary institutions from the next academic session.
The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nana Opiah disclosed this at the launch of SDG-3 and SDG-4 Independent Evaluation Reports in Nigeria held on Thursday in Abuja.
Opiah, who represented the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said government is”focusing on improving the value proposition of teachers so that we can retain experienced teachers, attract and retain the best brains into the profession.
“This is manifested in the recent elongation of years of service with some incentives including payment of bursary to all students reading education in our tertiary institutions beginning from the next academic session”
The minister said that basic education provides the template upon which other higher levels of education build on.
According to him;”It is more of what we are already doing. That means already adopted and now not should adopt to improve the quality of basic education in Nigeria. This is anchored on the Ministerial Strategic Plan, (MSP 2028-2022).
“Strengthening early childhood care and development, to prepare children for the first six years of education by ensuring that from age three they are exposed to education; broadening the scope of intervention of the Universal Basic Education beyond the six years of schooling to also include the first three years of secondary education and also creating conducive learning environment for basic education through the provision of state of the art infrastructure”
The minister said government was also “focusing on improving numeracy and literacy rates including the introduction of Teaching at the Right Level to ensure that children at the age for basic education at levels that would appropriately capture their level of understanding.
“This has been very useful especially in conflict areas as well as the adoption of Home Grown School feeding programme which is helping to improve enrollment, thereby improving the quality of basic education”