The Federal Government of Nigeria has issue a fresh warning to all the teachers at all levels in the educational institutions in the country to present their basic qualification in education within two years or bear the consequences of loosing their jobs.
The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka who made this known while speaking to journalists at his residence in Owerri, Imo State, noted that the law on basic education certificate had been set up without enforcement, but would definitely be implemented at the end of the two years moratorium.
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Prof. Anwuka advised individuals with doctoral degrees, who are teaching in their fields of endeavours to lower their ego and take courses jointly designed by the National Teachers Registration Council (NTRC), the National Universities Commission (NUC), and Faculties of Education of various universities to undergo a Post-Doctoral Diploma in Education.
He also said Senior lecturers and other lower academic staff in higher institutions should have at least a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) while subsequent efforts will be made to refresh training after two to three years.
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Anwuka also disclose that preparatory scheme to recruit about 500,000 teachers all over the country would soon be implement on, adding that Nigeria Certificate in Education, NCE graduates would earn N30,000 monthly.
He further revealed that the United Kingdom government and other donor agencies has pledged to assist the Federal Government achieve this aim. According to him, government will also recruit and train those who do not possess basic educational qualification after it exorcises recruitment of those with the required qualifications.
Recall that Edo State have already commence recruitment of 5,000 teachers to solve the problem of shortage of teachers in both junior and senior secondary schools in the state.