The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) said the federal government disbursed a total of N57,165,751,416.12 to states for teachers’ professional development programmes within the last 13 years.
The executive secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, made this known at the National Conference on Teachers Professional Development yesterday in Abuja. Bobboyi said the theme of the conference “Transforming Teacher Professional Development in Nigeria for Improved Learning Outcomes in Basic Education,” shows the federal government’s commitment to increasing the level of knowledge in the sub-sector.
The UBEC boss, however, expressed concern over the poor number of teachers that have undergone training programmes in recent years, even as he challenged state governments to live up to expectations in teachers’ capacity building schemes. “The UBEC 2022 NPA reveals that 67.5% of teachers in public schools and 85.3% in private schools have not attended any in-service training in 5 years (2018-2022). This prevailing situation has implications for quality education delivery.
“The federal government, through UBEC, has contributed a total of N57,165,751,416.12 as assistance to the states for teachers professional development between 2009 and 2022.