17 January 2013

Nigeria: FG to Spend N12 Billion On Labs in Coe - Minister

The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufa'i Ahmed has said that the Federal Government would spend N12 billion on multimedia laboratories in all state and federal colleges of education across the country.

The minister revealed this during a visit of UK-based GEMS Education Solution to her office in Abuja on Monday, stating that the Federal Government was determined to invest in the promotion of quality teachers across the country.

In addition to the N12 billion, Rufa'i also said that government has earmarked N6.6 billion for technical colleges to ensure that they are well equipped for better service.

She further hinted that the ministry would place more priority on addressing the issue of quality of teachers in the country, which she noted would go a long way in enhancing and refocusing the entire education sector.

She said; "There is need for teacher training and development, we know that teachers are the most critical factor in the classrooms, if we have good teachers, most or half of our problems are solved. We need to have better quality to ensure that we enhance our system at all levels"

She pointed out the need to have adequate data management that would help to provide enhanced statistics.

"In terms of whatever we do in the system, it will be based on statistics that will be germane. Data is what we have been working on,we need to partner with Gems.

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