By John Ikani
The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the sum of N75,000 as stipend per semester for students undergoing degree programmes in Education in public universities.
Also, the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) students will get N50,000 as stipend per semester as part of deliberate effort of the government to attract best brains into the teaching profession as promised by Buhari during the commemoration of World Teachers’ Day in 2020.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday during the celebration of this year’s World Teachers’ Day in Abuja, as the Federal Government reintroduces bursary awards.
Adamu, whose speech was read by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, further said his ministry would collaborate with the state governments to ensure automatic employment for the students on graduation.
What the ministry said:
“Undergraduate students of B.Ed / B.A. Ed/ BSc. Ed in Public institutions are to receive stipends of N75,000.00 per semester while NCE students will get N50,000.00 as stipends per semester.
“Federal Government should find the modality through which respective states’ governments could provide automatic employment for NCE graduates at Basic Education level.
“Beneficiaries must attend public institutions only and sign a bond to serve their state for five (5) years on graduation.”
According to Adamu, the fund would be sourced from UBEC, TETFund, and managed by the Federal Scholarship Board.