Decrying dearth of teachers at the basic education level, the Federal Government is to engage 1.3 million recruits in the next six years to address the problem.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who made the disclosure yesterday at the flag-off of the Teacher Development Training of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) programme in Abuja, said besides the quality of teachers, government was more disturbed about the existing gap at the basic education sector.
“The availability of qualified and competent t?eachers, their continuous training and retraining would have to be emphasized to complement others to come up with quality basic education achievements,” he said.
Adamu, however, noted that, in addition to its intervention through the UBEC, government was working to recruit and inject 500,000 teachers into basic education sector nationwide. He added that when the exercise is completed, it would place more responsibilities on states and local councils to provide infrastructural and instructional materials to teachers.