In a joint session of the National Assembly while presenting the N6.08trillion 2016 budget proposal yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed that 500,000 teachers will be employed next year by the three-tiers of government (Federal, State and Local governments).
According to Buhari, this exercise is captured under N300 billion voted for special intervention programme in the budget. He said it is part of the Federal Government’s plans to tackle the problem of unemployment in the country during the 2016 fiscal year
President Buhari said, “As an emergency measure to address the chronic shortage of teachers in public schools across the country, we also will partner with state and local governments to recruit, train and deploy 500,000 unemployed graduates and NCE holders. These graduate teachers will be deployed to primary schools, thereby, enhancing the provision of basic education, especially in our rural areas.”
Teachers recruited would be drawn from the army of unemployed graduates in the country and holders of Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) for teaching at primary school level in rural areas.